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SD County Supervisors Look To Crack Down On ‘Gang Pimps’

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Aired 1/12/11

San Diego County will lead the way in trying to aggressively punish and prosecute so-called “gang pimps” in California. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to sponsor new state legislation in Sacramento.

— San Diego County will lead the way in trying to aggressively punish and prosecute so-called “gang pimps” in California. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to sponsor new state legislation in Sacramento.

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob is spearheading the effort to sponsor legislation that would help police crack down on pimping.

Above: San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob is spearheading the effort to sponsor legislation that would help police crack down on pimping.

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Gang members increasingly make their money by pimping-out young girls, according to law enforcement. Pimping is the second source of income for street gangs in the county. Dealing drugs is number one.

County supervisors now want to add pimping to a long list of criminal activities in California that help prosecutors aggressively punish gang members.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said getting support in Sacramento will be tough.

“The work is not done, it is just beginning,” she said. “Its going to be very tough, I believe, to get these two legislative initiatives passed in Sacramento. It is going to take a lot of organizations and individuals in this region to come together.”

Gang members arrested for pimping would have a longer prison sentence and tougher parole conditions. County supervisors are also looking into aggressively punishing pimps or johns arrested near schools.

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