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Trafficked: Misinformation Mainstreamed

series art designed by Kayla Freeman-Haynes

The internet is awash with conspiracy theories about human trafficking. The QAnon movement and others have promoted hoaxes about global child sex trafficking rings. But even anti-trafficking nonprofits and government agencies have a problem with sharing misinformation. In the second episode of WYSO’s Trafficked, reporter Leila Goldstein debunks some myths and shows what’s at stake. A warning, this story includes descriptions of sexual violence.

While working at the station Leila Goldstein has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.