The paradox of boys joining San Diego gangs to be tough men is they’re now building mini-empires on the backs of girls. Literally.
“They don’t work hard,” FBI Assistant Special Agent Robert Howe said. “They don’t do anything other than coerce, manipulate and threaten children. A real man would not target a child. A real man would have a good, honest, hardworking job he could be proud of.”
Howe said San Diego’s rival street gangs like the BMS, the Neighborhood Crips and Brim have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and have struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.
“They’re absolutely a syndicate,” Howe said. “We have noticed an increase in the sex trafficking piece over the drugs. These criminal enterprise street gangs have realized the profit margins are so much bigger.”
For additional information: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jan/27/sex-trafficking-overtakes-drugs-san-diego-county-g/
Something to think about.
There has been a lot of coverage in the media in regards sex trafficking at the Super Bowl. Sex trafficking is another word for forced prostitution. I just read an article out of San Diego County, California. According to FBI Assistant Special Agent Robert Howe, “San Diego’s rival street gangs like the BMS, the Neighborhood Crips and Brim have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and have struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.” My guess is some girls are younger than 12.
It is a cash-rich business. Think about this: Selling drugs is lucrative, but with forced prostitution the profit margins are much bigger. Also, there is a product and no inventory. They do not have to make purchases from suppliers and, therefore, no waiting for a return on their investment. No worries of exposure as if caught with drugs compared to say, caught with a women or girl. Lastly, and the most important in my opinion; the product can be traded and or used over and over, again.
Like other challenges in today’s world, school shootings, child abuse/neglect, childhood hunger, education, bullying, animal abuse, environmental issues, politicians/government are/is out-of-control, etc. The list seems to go on forever. Society seems to get excited when stories hit the media, but that excitement is short-lived; it is on to the next trauma or campaign. The country has a short attention span, and that mindset has to change.
Individuals reading this will no-doubt be thinking; well, it is happening in California, so it does not affect where I live. That frame of mind is dangerous, to say the least. Forced prostitution can happen anywhere; please reread paragraph two. These predators are master manipulators, and have no problem what-so-ever utilizing violence to get girls/women to fall into place or get what they want.
The country needs to get a handle on this situation, quickly. Currently, according to articles, the youngest girls involved in forced prostitution have been 12, but as the demand grows, and because of convenience that may change. Why would individuals travel to other countries to access way younger victims; when these gang members can provide the product right in their own backyards?
Something to think about.