As part of a controversial policy, police in Oakland, CA round up and arrest hundreds of women and girls each year in the fight against sex trafficking, but only about 20 pimps, and virtually no johns.
The FBI has said more than 300,000 children and youth per year are forced into prostitution. But perspectives from the girls themselves, who are caught up in what's known as "the game," are often missing from reports.
I remember that first day in my college dorm room. Asking myself questions like, "why did I get the bottom bunk?" Wondering what my roommates would be like, whether they'd smell or have strange sleeping habits, unusual mannerisms or odd friends.
At 19 years old, James Berk is the youngest of seven owners of Mandela Foods Cooperative in West Oakland, California. It's a remarkable achievement for someone who dropped out of school in fifth grade.