KPBS: Prostitution Is No. 2 Money Maker for Gangs
The report highlights a connection that law enforcement
authorities have aimed to penalize in court.
KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has been producing a series of stories about gangs recently and her latest dispatch highlights how gangs make money through prostitution.
It’s a financial connection that law enforcement authorities say has become so clear in San Diego County that they can prove it in court. The District Attorney’s Office started attaching gang penalties with steeper sentences to some pimping cases in 2008. Federal prosecutors charged several gangs with working together to pimp girls in Oceanside last year.
Prostitution is now the second largest funding source for gangs behind drugs, Tintocalis reported, citing local law enforcement authorities.