The need to focus investigations on cases of suspected human trafficking was one of the key reasons for the reorganization of the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit starting this week, the captain in charge of the new office said. The move places three full-time human trafficking investigators, including the police department’s acknowledged expert, in the same office space as more than 40 colleagues working in disparate areas such as sex crimes, domestic violence and financial crimes. Until now, no investigator worked full time on trafficking cases. The change will accompany increased coordination with federal law enforcement officials this week.
Photographer Ron Font takes a look at the empty storefronts that have sprouted up all along Nob Hill, one of San Francisco's finest addresses. Font, a resident of Nob Hill, said he has seen a marked increase in vacant spaces in his neighborhood.
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