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San Diego Vows Human-Trafficking Crackdown

Jan. 30
By City News Service

San Diego officials gathered Thursday to draw attention to a statewide campaign against the growing problem of human trafficking, a highly profitable underworld that enslaves its victims in prostitution and hard labor.

Sex Trafficking Overtakes Drugs As San Diego County Gang’s Top Cash Source

Jan. 27
By Amita Sharma
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According to FBI, San Diego’s rival street gangs have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.

Sex-Trafficking Prosecutions Spike In San Diego County

Jan. 10
By Amita Sharma

San Diego County prosecutors filed nine sex-trafficking cases in 2009. Last year, that number rose to 43.

"Operation Corridor" Targets North County Gangs Tied To Mexican Mafia

Jan. 10
By Alison St John

An investigation called “Operation Corridor” has charged 22 people in North County with engaging in drug trafficking and racketeering. Those indicted are accused of involvement with Mexican Mafia prison gangs.

How Does Someone Get Identified As A Gang Member In San Diego?

Dec. 11
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A recent report on street gangs finds there are more than 7,500 documented gang members in San Diego County, and their names go into a statewide database that some civil rights activists say may be flawed.

What's Behind San Diego's Gang Problem?

Dec. 6
By Megan Burks

Local law enforcement say gangs have gotten worse in the last five years. Officers say it's due to prison realignment. Researchers say San Diego is behind the gang deterrence curve.

Report Shows Concerns Growing Over San Diego Street Gangs

Dec. 5
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A report released by the San Diego Association of Governments shows local officials are more concerned about gangs today than five years ago.

Careers For Mid-City Youth Sprout From Unlikely Place

Aug. 15
Bianca Bruno
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A nonprofit that helps youth find jobs after being arrested is drawing from the local food movement to teach responsibility.

Retiring Assistant Police Chief Reflects On Race, Gangs And The Budget

July 30
By Megan Burks
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Lawrence McKinney, one of three black officers to take a top post at the San Diego Police Department, retires Thursday. He reflects on the headway made on race relations in the mid-city community.

New San Diego County Shelter Aids Young Victims Of Sex Trafficking

July 1
By Amita Sharma

New four-bed shelter offers girls therapy, academics and "life skills."

Gang Violence In San Diego's North County - What's Being Done?

March 28
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Gang violence is an ongoing problem in the North County with nearly two dozen gangs claiming turf along the Highway 78 corridor.

How Budget Cuts Have Forced SD's Hand on Gang Policing

March 15
By Megan Burks
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San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne's comments to City Council Monday painted a pretty clear -- and frightening -- picture.

'People for a Safe Community' Calls For Stricter Federal Gun Laws

March 1
By Alison St John
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A group formed after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary will meet in Hillcrest Saturday to call for changes in federal gun laws.

Three Convicted Of Murder In Craigslist Robbery-Killing

Nov. 15
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

Three young men were convicted today of first-degree murder in the death of a college student who was lured to a late-night robbery in Paradise Hills by a Craigslist ad for a laptop computer.

Roundtable: Mayor's Race, San Diego Hate Groups, Crowdsourcing Emergency Aid

Sept. 7
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The never-ending round of mayoral debates continues -- with some new twists. Hate groups hang on in San Diego County by changing their message. A local company discovers how to use crowdsourcing to find lost hikers 4,000 miles away.