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Human Trafficking is a Big Deal in San Bernardino County

By Oscar Brooks     Mar 16, 2011 in Crime
Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States and throughout the world. It is somewhat surprising that San Bernardino County ranks as one of the biggest transit points for human trafficking, domestically and international in the U.S.
In a recent article of the San Bernardino Sun it was reported that the Interstate 15 freeway is used by sex traffickers, agriculture workers and construction workers going and coming from Mexico. It is a major artery that runs from the Mexican border in San Diego through San Bernardino County. One of the reasons this freeway is used is because the concentration of law enforcement in San Bernardino County is not as high as it is in Los Angeles.
Marisa Ugarte, the executive director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition in San Diego said, "Domestic sexual trafficking is abetted by pornography and the Internet. Recruitment is done by pimps in schools and in malls. Gangs are heavily involved in pimping". Ugarte spoke to an audience of about 100 at Cal. State University San Bernardino on Tuesday. She also stated that trafficking occurs in two areas: sexual and annual labor. She further went on to say that prosecution, protection, prevention and education are proven methods of fighting human trafficking. She stressed working at prevention of trafficking with coalition building and developing shelters for victims.
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