HAYWARD (KPIX) — The number of reported human-trafficking cases in California has skyrocketed 86 percent since 2012.
Social services agencies are struggling to provide help for a growing number of victims, many of them children. But a KPIX 5 investigation reveals that sometimes such help can backfire with tragic consequences.
It started off as any other morning, with Nitza’s daughter Anjelique going off to school. But the troubled 12-year-old had a different plan. This was the day she was going to run away from home.
“I get a call from her school stating that she ran off the bus as soon as she reached the school — and was gone,” said Nitza.
Anjelique’s grandmother made fliers, posting photos of the missing child all over the Bay Area. “I was going through anger, confusion, just fearing the unknown,” said Nitza.