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Feds: Border Patrol Checkpoints On SoCal Freeways To Curb Trafficking

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(credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Several of the Southland’s biggest freeways are being used as preferred routes for human trafficking, federal law enforcement officials said Friday.

A forum held on Thursday in Chula Vista hosted by political leaders in the U.S. and Mexico looked at a new law in Baja California designed to prevent and combat human trafficking.

The proposed legislation would target individuals accused of sexually exploiting children and those who sell kids into public servitude.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the effort would involve setting up border patrol checkpoints on what they say are the physical routes taken by suspected traffickers in and around Southern California.

“Interstate 5 north, Interstate 8 east and Interstate 15 north to Las Vegas have been recognized as major transportation corridors for those involved in human trafficking,” said Tim Coughlin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.

Authorities on both sides of the border are pledging to build better partnerships and increase the sharing of data and research.

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