#sextrafficking | Supervisor Gaspar looks at how online sex trafficking has increased since the start of COVID-19 – | #tinder | #pof | #match

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – According to representatives from the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, online sex trafficking has doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic regulations.

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss this issue and the critical need for our San Diego communities to respond to this increased risk by supporting our kids and families.

San Diego is number two in the country for human sex trafficking, according to Gaspar. It is estimated that there are 12,000 human trafficking victims and survivors in the San Diego region. The average age of the victims is only 16 years old.

Traffickers have quickly adapted their methods of online trafficking during a time of increased vulnerability due to the pandemic lockdowns.

Traffickers prey on vulnerable children: runaway and homeless youth; those with low social supports; children who have been sexually or physically abused or are chemically dependent; or children who have a history in the foster care system or juvenile detention.

Supervisor Gaspar shared some ways people can help protect children from traffickers:

  • The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response are far-reaching. According to representatives from the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, online sex trafficking has doubled since the start of the lockdowns.
  • Supervisor Gaspar joins us to discuss this issue and the the critical need for our San Diego communities to respond to this increased risk by supporting our kids and families.
  • Human sex trafficking pre-pandemic was a billion dollar per year industry in San Diego alone.
  • San Diego is number 2 in the country for human sex trafficking.
  • It is estimated that there are 12,000 human trafficking victims and survivors in the San Diego region. The average age of the victims is only 16 years old.
  • Traffickers have quickly adapted their methods of online trafficking during a time of increased vulnerability due to the pandemic lockdowns.
  • Traffickers prey on vulnerable children: runaway and homeless youth; those with low social supports; children who have been sexually or physically abused or are chemically dependent; or children who have a history in the foster care system or juvenile detention.
  • The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response are far reaching. According to representatives from the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, online sex trafficking has doubled since the start of the lockdowns.
  • Supervisor Gaspar joins us to discuss this issue and the the critical need for our San Diego communities to respond to this increased risk by supporting our kids and families.
  • Human sex trafficking pre-pandemic was a billion dollar per year industry in San Diego alone.
  • San Diego is number 2 in the country for human sex trafficking.
  • It is estimated that there are 12,000 human trafficking victims and survivors in the San Diego region. The average age of the victims is only 16 years old.
  • Traffickers have quickly adapted their methods of online trafficking during a time of increased vulnerability due to the pandemic lockdowns.
  • Traffickers prey on vulnerable children: runaway and homeless youth; those with low social supports; children who have been sexually or physically abused or are chemically dependent; or children who have a history in the foster care system or juvenile detention.




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