In Silicon Valley, digital platforms have fueled a 30% rise in online human trafficking over three years, primarily via social media and online marketplaces. Despite national estimates of thousands of cases, only about 300 are reported annually in this region. Complicating matters, approximately 40% of victims are immigrant workers lured under false employment promises. This represents a complex and troubling scenario in the human trafficking landscape of Silicon Valley.
Detective Sargon Badal is a Police Officer for the San Jose Police Department in San Jose, California. In the eight years working as a police officer, Sargon has taught law enforcement courses and trained recruits in the San Jose Police Academy while working as a Field Training Officer for newly sworn police officers. Sargon is an undercover and plain clothes detective in the San Jose Police Department's Special Victims Unit Human Trafficking Task Force. Before becoming a police officer, Sargon worked as a courtroom deputy with the Northern District of California Federal Bankruptcy Court and as a Senior Product Specialist in Google's X Labs, working on top-secret projects. Sargon's background in the tech sector and his civil service roles enabled him to work successfully with the diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.