Experts to study region’s gangs, sex trafficking
Elizabeth Aguilera (San Diego Union-Tribune) | October 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.
Tags: gang activity study, human trafficking database, National Institute of Justice, san diego, San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council, sex trafficking, tijuana, US-Mexico border