Officials: Curb Prostitution Locally, Internationally

Sacramento County No. 2 In Nation For Sex Trafficking

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. —Sacramento County finds itself near the very top of a very dubious list: it’s No. 2 in the nation when it comes to sex trafficking.Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, met with the Mexican ambassador to the United States and the Truckee police chief to talk about prostitution involving children during a forum at Rancho Cordova City Hall Wednesday. Dave Meadows, Senior Special Agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness were also in attendance.They reported that human trafficking is one of the top organized crime moneymakers on the Mexican border.Local law officers believe that people in the area are unaware of the problem.”But when we hear that it’s in our back yard, it’s kind of paralyzing and we don’t want to believe it.” Child victim’s advocate Jenny Williamson said. “But it’s very, very real and Sacramento has a huge problem,”Lungren indicated Wednesday that he wants to establish something like an international Megan’s Law, so that sex offenders can be tracked to other countries in case they are following children with the intent of prostitution.Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said during the forum that flight attendants in Mexico are being trained to spot potential victims who are traveling alone so that they can be rescued once the plane lands.The Megan’s Law Web site lists the names of registered sex offenders in the state.



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