September 17, 2023

Susan Samueli leads new focus on old problem: human trafficking

“I don’t know how you can not be interested in solving this.”

Susan Samueli, a long-time Orange County philanthropist, was referencing human trafficking, the practice of forcing people into sexual or manual labor for the financial benefit of others. In recent years this ancient social scourge has been kicked into hyper-drive by factors as modern as high-speed Internet and the pandemic to a rising sense of economic desperation.

But the issue, for the Anaheim Ducks co-owner, seems less about data and trends than it is about simple decency.

“I have daughters,” Samueli said, her voice trailing off.

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