Sex Trafficking in a Border Community: A Field Study of Sex Trafficking in Tijuana, Mexico

Summary:
A research report conducted and authored by San Diego State and Dr. Sheldon Zhang entitled “Sex Trafficking in a Border Community: A Field Study of Sex Trafficking in Tijuana, Mexico,” Zhang looks at the sex trafficking industry in Tijuana. Being the first known empirical research conducted, Zhang looks right to the source for information, pimps and prostitutes. This report looks to answer four main questions, “(1) To what extent, at what stage, and on what premises are deception, fraud, force, or coercion being used in the transportation of prostitutes into Tijuana? (2) To what extent and with what methods are human traffickers and sex industry operators managing trafficking activities and controlling prostitutes? (3) How do human traffickers and sex industry operators organize themselves and engage in business transactions? (4) What policy implications can be drawn to improve efforts by U.S. law enforcement and social service agencies to deter human trafficking and assist victims?” Through extensive interviews with pimps, prostitutes, government and law enforcement officials, and community-based service providers, the report gives us a better understanding of the sex industry. The report found that sex trafficking is indeed happening in the sex industry in Tijuana, but not found in large numbers. The report leads us in discussion on sex trafficking and organized crime, the moral dilemma faced in this industry, policy implications, and closes with the demand for further research to “provide statistically sound estimates about the prevalence of victimization”

Bibliography:
Zhang, Sheldon. 2010. Sex Trafficking in a Border Community: A Field Study of Sex Trafficking in Tijuana, Mexico. San Diego, CA: San Diego State University.