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Assemblymember Brian Maienschein Announces $600,000 For Human Trafficking Task Force

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Assemblymember Brian Maienschein Announces $600,000 For Human Trafficking Task Force

Funding will help local law enforcement continue intensive investigations to remove minors and adults from circumstances of commercial sexual exploitation

SAN DIEGO—Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, along with Mayor Todd Gloria and San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, announced state funding to bolster SDPD’s efforts in addressing human trafficking and sexual exploitation as part of the San Diego region’s Human Trafficking Task Force in a press conference on Wednesday, November 15th.

“Protecting people – especially minors – from such a horrendous act of exploitation is essential. We must continue to enhance public safety measures to keep all San Diegans and visitors safe,” said Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. “SDPD has shown incredible results through investigations like Operation Better Pathways and I’m certain this added funding will continue that mission of rescuing people trapped in these circumstances as well as punish those responsible for trafficking others.”

"I am grateful to Assemblymember Maienschein for treating San Diego's request for additional resources with the seriousness it deserves and securing $600,000 for the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force,” added Mayor Todd Gloria. “This is complex, painstaking, life-saving investigative work, and the additional resources secured by Assemblymember Maienschein will help us do more of it."

“The San Diego Police Department is a dedicated member of the Human Trafficking Task Force. Through investigations, undercover operations and collaboration with local, state and federal partners, our teams have already helped so many survivors. This funding strengthens our commitment and ability to safeguard lives and hold human traffickers accountable,” concluded Police Chief David Nisleit.

Asm. Maienschein secured the funding during the annual budget negotiations in the California Assembly earlier this year. This $600,000 budget allocation will allow the San Diego Police Department to utilize more staff to assist with these demanding investigations to break up these criminal enterprises and help human trafficking survivors begin their journey of recovery.