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Child Sex Trafficking Documentary To Premier In San Diego

Aired 12/5/11 on KPBS News.

Advocates hope the film serves as a warning to children and parents.

The horror of child sex trafficking in San Diego County will be featured in a documentary that premieres on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

One of the stories depicted in“Indoctrinated: The Grooming of our Children into Prostitution” is that of a 12-year-old San Diego girl. Within hours, the girl goes from playing videogames online and befriending a teenaged girl to being gangraped and forced into prostitution.

Manolo Guillen of the youth advocacy group The ACTION Network said the goal of the documentary is to educate people.

“One of the biggest things we can do to help children is to warn them and their parents to prevent this nightmare from happening in the first place," Guillen said.

Broken Souls

Young girls are bought and sold daily for sex in San Diego County. Some are forced into the life. Others are coerced. The girls can make six-figure salaries for their pimps without ever seeing a penny of their earnings. San Diego is trying to cut demand by educating Johns about the perils of picking up prostitutes especially if they're underage.

Young girls are bought and sold daily for sex in San Diego County. Some are forced into the life. Others are coerced. The girls can make six-figure salaries for their pimps without ever seeing a penny of their earnings. San Diego is trying to cut demand by educating Johns about the perils of picking up prostitutes especially if they're underage.

The documentary shows the shocking ease with which children are sexually trafficked in San Diego County. Local girls are brainwashed, tricked and manipulated into sexual slavery by street gangs. Guillen said gang members busily recruit young girls for their illicit business and they know how to do it well.

“They make the girls fall in love with them and then they make them feel that the only way they can remain in the relationship with the pimp is in prostitution," Guillen said

No statistics exist on the scale of child sex trafficking in San Diego County but investigators believe it is a growing problem.

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Missionaccomplished | December 5, 2011 at 10:47 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

In today's society where more people are held behind bars than any other country and BIg Brother is creeping more and more into our lives (i.e., SB 1867), I seriously doubt that it is as EASY as it is claimed here. Nonetheless, I plan to catch at least some of it and watch with a critical eye.

I am assuming this will be on KPBS TV since the article doesn't state specifically.

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