Human Traffic Watch

Gangs increasing presence in human sex trafficking in San Bernardino County

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 3, 2013 at 8:54 am
Jillian Endricks, 11, of Chino Hills, writes a message to victims of human trafficking on a message board before the annual Walk Against Human Trafficking Sunday at The Shoppes in Chino Hills. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

Jillian Endricks, 11, of Chino Hills, writes a message to victims of human trafficking on a message board before the annual Walk Against Human Trafficking Sunday at The Shoppes in Chino Hills. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

Those fighting in the war to end human sex trafficking say gangs are getting involved in the activity because women and girls are seen as a renewable commodity.

“With the drugs, you can only sell them once, but with a girl, they can be sold up to 30 times a day,” said Juana Zapata with the Chino-based nonprofit group Freeing American Children from Exploitation and Sexual Slavery. “And these girls don’t get a day off.”

He was one of the more than 50 people who participated in Sunday’s Walk Against Human Traffic in Chino Hills.

According to Zapata, there is a misconception that many girls who are victims of trafficking are forcibly taken from their homes.

“Most of the girls aren’t kidnapped,” she said. “We’re working a case where one girl was essentially sold by a family member. Other times they’re betrayed by friends.”

Source: Daily Bulletin

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