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High-heeled shoes hang from a gated window in an empty alley behind the National Lodge motel. The Oakland city attorney has filed suit against the motel, arguing that it knowingly facilitates child sex trafficking. Courtesy of Denise Tejada hide caption

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Calif. Community Takes Action Against Sex Trafficking
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Tara Billinger (left) and Kali Fontecchio star as endlessly amused aliens in Gigglers, which premiered at Channel 101 in May 2011. Via Channel 101 hide caption

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Channel 101 Contest Eases Amateurs Into Hollywood
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Maya wears the EEG cap and watches the commercial at the headquarters of NeuroFocus in Berkeley, Calif. Courtesy of Youth Radio hide caption

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This Is Your Brain On Ads: An Internal 'Battle'
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Unschooled: How One Kid Is Grateful He Stayed Home
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The Short-Lived Fame Of Pint-Sized Rap Stars
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Oakland police used to put a priority on arresting johns. But with cuts in funding, the police now target the girls who've been trafficked for sex. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Arresting Youth In Sex Trafficking Raises Debate
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Oakland, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been dubbed by the FBI as a "high-intensity child prostitution area." Oakland officials say that a third of teenage girls working in prostitution there were abducted and forced onto the streets, and 61 percent of teen prostitutes say they were raped as children. Brett Myers /Youth Radio hide caption

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Trafficked Teen Girls Describe Life In 'The Game'
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Returning To Parents' Insurance Raises Other Issues
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Fahiya Rashid, who attends the University of California, Irvine, says she got some wise advice from her father. When he went to college he took on too much debt, and he's still paying it back. Ariel Edwards-Levy/Youth Radio hide caption

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How To Make College-Bound Students Financial Pros
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In Hard Times, Some Blacks Turn To Hustling
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Face Of Slain BART Rider Reappears In Oakland
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Oakland Awaits Verdict In Subway Shooting Trial
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Do Looser Laws Make Pot More Popular? Not So Far
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Juveniles Need A Chance, Not Life In Prison
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