Reducing sex trafficking through enforcement is difficult, Flores said, because it often requires a precarious buy-in by the victim. James Infirmary, confers with Ida Belisle, registration coordinator at the peer-based health and safety clinic for sex workers in San Francisco. Send ideas or tips about public safety in the Bay Area to scanner sfchronicle. San Francisco sex worker advocates contend that FOSTA, signed by President Trump in April , prevents sex workers from screening clients and has pushed more back into violent situations on city streets. Police often struggle to get sex workers to testify against their traffickers in court, and many fear getting locked up or blacklisted in the industry. That same month, John Jacobs Olivas of Riverside was indicted on charges of raping a woman twice and sexually assaulting another. The government shutdown of Backpage.
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Reducing sex trafficking through enforcement is difficult, Flores said, because it often requires a precarious buy-in by the victim. In December, San Francisco police issued an internal bulletin to prioritize the safety of sex workers, who may ordinarily be subject to arrest, if they are the victims or witness sexual assault, human trafficking or other violent crimes. Pike Long right , deputy director of St.