The San Diego County Board of Supervisors backed efforts to work with schools and the hotel industry to report human trafficking across the region.
During their Tuesday meeting, the supervisors discussed three new initiatives to fight the illicit industry, which is San Diego’s second largest underground economy after drug trafficking. A recent study by the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University showed human trafficking rakes in an estimated $810 million a year.
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The proposed initiatives include educating motel and hotel staff on sex trafficking and working with school employees and students on what signs to look for in identifying the crime. The District Attorney’s office is also helping to launch a new public awareness campaign called “The Ugly Truth.”