Human Traffic Watch

Helping victims of sex trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

Among illegal activities, human trafficking is one of the world’s most profitable criminal enterprises. While this industry continues to grow, much progress has been made in prosecuting human traffickers and providing services to victims in California. I applaud the efforts of California’s law enforcement and prosecutors to help put an end to the appalling crimes of labor and sex trafficking. However, there is still a great need to assist the many victims and survivors of these crimes, and we must do it now.

Southern California is home to two of the 13 FBI-identified high-intensity child sex trafficking regions in the nation. The region’s extended international border, major harbors and airports, powerful economy and growing population that includes a large immigrant population make it a prime target for traffickers. The statistics are disconcerting, and the problem is more tragic than some realize. In the U.S., 82 percent of suspected incidents of human trafficking during 2008-2010 were classified as sex trafficking, with 40 percent of cases involving the exploitation of minors. Of all the victims in confirmed sex trafficking incidents, 80 percent were U.S. citizens.

Source: U-T San Diego


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