Human Trafficking Research Project

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Project Overview

Human trafficking is a global problem with a local presence. Several studies have investigated the scope and scale of the problem in San Diego County, and the findings are sobering. The scope of sex trafficking in San Diego County is wider than expected, with virtually no community in San Diego remaining untouched. Victims have been identified either living or ‘working’ in every city in San Diego County, and in areas of each that are both wealthy and impoverished.

Less clear are the implications these findings have on policy for our region’s efforts to eradicate all forms of human trafficking, punish perpetrators, and protect victims. Initiated with a legal review of anti-trafficking policy and legislation that can aid San Diego County in its mission to abolish human trafficking, punish perpetrators, and protect victims,  the purpose of this project is to outline legal, regulatory and counter-messaging options – and challenges – to deter would-be perpetrators and punish offenders; enhance security and criminal justice sectors; and improve service delivery to victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

 

Key Activities

  • Present legislative information to key San Diego stakeholders involved in Human Trafficking to clarify legal, and regulatory options to minimize sex-trafficking instances throughout San Diego county.

  • Support key stakeholder groups by building knowledge around valuable services to support victims of sexual exploitation.

Impact

  • Findings offer recommendations for legal, regulatory and counter-messaging options – and challenges – to deter would-be perpetrators and punish offenders; enhance security and criminal justice sectors; and improve service delivery to victims of commercial sexual exploitation.






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Project Lead

Project Lead: Ami Carpenter

Project Assistant(from CEPAL): Kai Mathews