Photo illustration by Caitlin Whelan for Voice of OC.

A New and Nuanced Approach to Fighting an Old Crime

What law enforcement used to call pimping is now seen as human trafficking, and prostitutes are increasingly considered victims. These changes go beyond semantics — they signify what many argue is a more humane and effective response to prostitution.

Denise Lindstrom Le Blanc, who has been homeless for two years, now calls the bed of the Santa Ana River home.

People of the Riverbed

On any given day, as many as 500 souls call the bed of the Santa Ana River home. While the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has been sounding alarm bells about the situation, little has been done. Here is a glimpse into life in the riverbed.