Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske last week issued a statement regarding gangs and sex trafficking activity in the city.
“As a member of the Council Public Safety Committee, I am very concerned about the cuts that were made in the Long Beach Police Department’s Gang Unit in the Mayor’s Budget.
“I am concerned that our police do not have the resources they need to target the gangs that are often linked to the violent crimes being committed in some Council Districts (not the 5th). And because the politicians in Sacramento (even our own representatives) voted to release prisoners and send them back home, we are experiencing an increase in property crimes on the east side of Long Beach. Now we learn that there is an increase of sex trafficking in Long Beach which is directly tied to gangs.
“Sex trafficking is the third biggest criminal industry after drugs and arms trafficking and involves the exploitation of mostly young women and girls through forced prostitution.
“Street gangs operate commercial sex rings, which make profits from the sale of young women. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has called human trafficking a low-risk and high-reward crime for gangs.
Source: Long Beach Patch