The American River Current

Human Trafficking: Modern slavery in California

California leads the nation with cases of human trafficking in 2018. Everyone is at risk regardless of background, sex, age or race. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Itzin Alpizar

November 14, 2018

At 18 and 19 years old, a couple struggled to find work in Boston. One day they found a Craigslist ad for work in Sacramento. They called the number and a man offered them an opportunity they couldn't resist. The man added that if they didn't like the job, he would get them tickets back to Boston. ...

Sacramento a gathering spot for refugees seeking new opportunity

Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many Americans, the reality of war never hit home. (Photo illustration by Barbara Harvey)

Matthew Peirson

November 3, 2015

Sacramento has become a large gathering spot for people fleeing from war during the last 20 years. Nearly 30,000 refugees have resettled in Sacramento County from 1995 through 2014, according to the California Department of Social Services. Karen Ferguson, the executive director of the Internation...

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