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Child Sex Trafficking Increasing In San Diego

A car slows down for two female police officers posing as prostitutes in southern California during a major prostitution sting operation.

A car slows down for two female police officers posing as prostitutes in southern California during a major prostitution sting operation.

Photo by David McNew

Credit: Getty Images

Men attend "John School" at the City Heights police substation in San Diego.

Men attend "John School" at the City Heights police substation in San Diego.

Photo by Amita Sharma

Kim became a prostitute after she was gang-raped at the age of 12.

Kim became a prostitute after she was gang-raped at the age of 12.

Photo by Amita Sharma

Young girls are sexually trafficked on the Internet. But El Cajon Boulevard also remains a spot for men to pick up prostitutes, some of whom are teenagers.

Young girls are sexually trafficked on the Internet. But El Cajon Boulevard also remains a spot for men to pick up prostitutes, some of whom are teenagers.

Credit: San Diego Police Department

Lisa's pimp branded her with a tattoo on the inside of her lip.

Lisa's pimp branded her with a tattoo on the inside of her lip.

Photo by Amita Sharma

Screen grab taken from an internet site that advertises escort services in San Diego.

Screen grab taken from an internet site that advertises escort services in San Diego.

Credit: KPBS

San Diego Police Detective James Hunter talks about child sex trafficking on KPBS Evening Edition on October 31, 2011.

San Diego Police Detective James Hunter talks about child sex trafficking on <a href="http://www.kpbs.org/news/evening-edition/">KPBS Evening Edition</a> on October 31, 2011.

Credit: KPBS

A man is searched before being booked after his arrest by a female police officer who arrested him while posing as a prostitute on Holt Boulevard, known to sex workers throughout southern California as 'the track', during a major prostitution sting operation November 12, 2004 in Pomona, California.

A man is searched before being booked after his arrest by a female police officer who arrested him while posing as a prostitute on Holt Boulevard, known to sex workers throughout southern California as 'the track', during a major prostitution sting operation November 12, 2004 in Pomona, California.

Credit: Getty Images

According to U.S. government estimates, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked to the United States for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.

According to U.S. government estimates, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked to the United States for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.

Credit: U.S. State Department

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