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Sex Trafficking and Gangs in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region Area

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $398,824)

This project focuses specifically on one of the most under-studied aspects of human trafficking, the relationship between gangs and human trafficking. This project measures the nature and extent of gang involvement in human trafficking by gathering data from four sources: victims who get assistance in social service agencies in San Diego County, non-public law enforcement incidence and arrest records, persons identified as trafficking victims and perpetrators at San Diego middle and high schools, and traffickers themselves. Analysis of these data sets for congruencies and inconsistencies by comparison to a standardized screening tool will lead to recommendations for improvements in screening for human trafficking victims in both social service agencies and law enforcement. The researchers have gained access to key data from 115 schools in San Diego County. This project also builds on a years worth of fieldwork and relationships with gang members to collect ethnographic evidence of the scope of human trafficking from the facilitators of human trafficking themselves. The project plans to include a snowball sample of a minimum of 30 facilitators of human trafficking to determine the relationship between gangs and trafficking. Data from these interviews will be used to inform the current profile of the scope of human trafficking in San Diego County as well as to determine avenues for future research. This project seeks to lay the foundation for a system of integrated data collection mechanisms across San Diego County and serve as a model for what other regions could put in place. The San Diego County Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council will have the opportunity to use the projects data to create an informed response for which a future project can then assess the effectiveness of that response. ca/ncf

Date Created: August 29, 2012