Possible Human Trafficking case involving a minor disrupted in North Oakland

Published On June 9, 2016 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

Last month, Emeryville residents were appalled by the arrest of two Triangle neighborhood residents who allegedly tried to lure a minor into prostitution. Yesterday, another possible human trafficking case in a nearby North Oakland was disrupted by Oakland police.

Neighbors were alerted by Nixle and circling helicopters yesterday morning as a manhunt near the intersection of 64th & Herzog was underway. According to KTVU crime reporter Henry K. Lee, a woman reported her 14-year-old daughter had been kidnapped and possibly pistol-whipped. After a two-hour ordeal, a male suspect was taken into custody from a home in the 1000 block of 65th St. about noon. The girl was safely returned to her family.

Human Sex Trafficking has been an ongoing issue in our region and a campaign to promote awareness of it by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley at ProtectOaklandKids.org was launched in 2014. A 24 hour hotline for victims has been established at 1 (888) 373-7888.

Police detain suspect in possible kidnapping attempt

OAKLAND, Calif. – Police are investigating a report of a kidnapping in North Oakland this morning as possibly connected to human trafficking and forced prostitution, a police spokeswoman said.

Officers swarmed the area of 65th Street and Alcatraz Avenue after they received a witness report of a male taking a female hostage there at about 9:15 a.m., Officer Johnna Watson said.

Read the full story and watch the video segment on KTVU.com →

Feature Image: @henrykleeKTVU via Twitter


About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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