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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Experts to study region's gangs, sex trafficking

San Diego

Written by
Elizabeth Aguilera
6 a.m., Oct. 9, 2012
A trio of local professors have received a $399,000 federal grant to research the scope and nexis of gang activity and sex trafficking in the region.
The three-year study, entitled “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region,” will bring together Point Loma Nazarene University’s professor of cultural anthropology Jamie Gates, University of San Diego’s assistant professor Ami Carpenter and San Diego State University’s professor of criminal justice Dana Nurge.
The project will begin in January.
The National Institute of Justice has begun funding research on trafficking across the country in recent years in an attempt to understand the scope of the problem. Experts at the federal agency say much more work is needed on assessing how much trafficking goes on, how it works and who are the perpetrators and victims in the United States.
The Gates, Carpenter and Nurge proposal includes the creation of an integrated human trafficking database that collects a wide range of information including underage victim data as well as information about traffickers.
Gates and Carpenter are involved with the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council. The pair oversee the research and data sub-committee.
School officials in the county have begun to fight sex trafficking in middle and high schools and are working to educate kids and their families about the crime.
“Communities around the country are trying to get a handle on the scope and nature of the human trafficking in their neighborhoods,” said Gates. “We have gained unprecedented cooperation from schools as well as a broad range of law enforcement agencies and social service organizations in San Diego County.”
Carpenter has been studying the gang connection for more than a year in the region. This study, she said, will allow the researchers to gather hard numbers on human trafficking.
This study will begin as another SDSU professor, Sheldon Zhang, completes a three-year project on labor trafficking in the region. The results of Zhang's study will be released before the end of the year.

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