Interview with a Relationship-Builder
By Melody Hood
Bianca Morales-Egan is the Technical Advisor, Human Trafficking and Gender Equity at Project Concern International. She is also one of Demand Abolition’s CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) coordinators for San Diego. She has over 10 years of experience working in international and community development programs.
We asked Bianca about sex trafficking in San Diego, and how she raises awareness about reducing demand for paid sex.
Q. Are people in San Diego aware that sex trafficking and prostitution is a problem?
I think awareness of the problem of sex trafficking and prostitution is increasing in San Diego. In the five years I’ve been involved in combating this industry, I’ve seen many more sectors becoming involved.
Within the law enforcement community, there’s greater awareness. School districts are educating their students and staff and local communities about this issue. Faith-based groups are uniting to support anti-trafficking efforts. The business sector is becoming more engaged and aware, so I think awareness is definitely growing. There’s still work to be done, and I think this is particularly true of demand-reduction campaigns.
There is also research that just came out showing the huge size and scope of the problem, estimating that there are between 3,000-8,000 sexually …read more
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