Human Trafficking in Humboldt Still Hides Among the Cannabis Farms

It’s easy to hide in the Emerald Triangle. Up in the hills, amidst the redwoods and misty fog, where cell service fails and back roads lead to the middle of nowhere, cannabis cultivators have spent generations growing weed under the radar. At the same time, characters far seedier than the simple grass folk have taken advantage of the region, much of which operates in the shadows of the law.

Drug trafficking—which can include cannabis—and human trafficking tend to go hand-in-hand. In a…

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