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Groups Unite to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

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November 16, 2010

The growing involvement of street gangs in child sex trafficking has the County and partners joining forces to combat the problem.

They met today to announce the formation of the San Diego Regional Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Council (CSEC).  The council will draw members from numerous agencies. jurisdictions and community groups to ensure a comprehensive, countywide effort.

Video: Council meets to combat child sex crimes.

"This is all about protecting little girls," said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, District 2.  "We need a regional task force to tackle the problem.  Law enforcement, churches, the faith-based groups, community-based organizations, the schools - all the organizations."    

They will attack the issue at all levels, employing a “Three Ps” model: prevention, protection and prosecution.  That includes addressing root causes of child sexual exploitation, coordinating services for victims, and increasing community awareness.

The council will also look at legislation that would increase penalties for pimps and provide law enforcement with additional tools to go after gangs engaged in human trafficking.

The next CSEC meeting was scheduled for February.

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