The Appeal: Meet the San Diego DA Who Seized on the Human Trafficking Panic to Become a Law Enforcement Superstar

Like many of her peers in law enforcement who have focused on fighting trafficking with arrests and prosecutions meant to disrupt sex work, Stephan believes there’s no meaningful difference between sex work and trafficking. “Just from being on the ground doing this work for a long time, even those people that tell you they are choosing this life, they were recruited at an early age,” Stephan told the Voice of San Diego earlier this month. “So in my head, you know, how do you really become free if this is all you know when you don’t have [an] education or any other line of work to sustain yourself?”

Meet the San Diego DA Who Seized on the Human Trafficking Panic to Become a Law Enforcement Superstar” by Melissa Gira Grant and Max Rivlin-Nadler for The Appeal

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