Study of Human Trafficking in San Diego

The groundbreaking study, "Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego," focused on one of the most understudied aspects of human trafficking in the United States: the role of gangs in sex trafficking.

Data was collected from nearly 1,200 individuals — 154 gang-affiliated persons and/or traffickers, 702 first-time prostitution offenders, 140 survivors from eight victim services programs and 141 county school administrators and staff — making it one of the largest, most comprehensive human trafficking case studies in the United States to date. The study is a large-scale model of collaborative research to impact policy and practice, and serves as a national model for future research on human trafficking more broadly.