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This new court will help the youngest human trafficking victims

A meeting of legal leaders and advocates Tuesday announced that the new juvenile trafficking court will open on Jan. 19. The group also heard a presentation about the trafficking court’s online dashboard, modeled after the one currently in use in Fresno County drug courts.
Aleksandra Appleton aappleton@fresnobee.com
This new court will help the youngest human trafficking victims 2:11

This new court will help the youngest human trafficking victims

A trafficking victim describes her escape: 'It was like something out of a movie' 2:30

A trafficking victim describes her escape: 'It was like something out of a movie'

Meet the advocates who help trafficking victims rebuild their lives 1:58

Meet the advocates who help trafficking victims rebuild their lives

This is how Fresno police get trafficking victims off the streets 2:16

This is how Fresno police get trafficking victims off the streets