SPRING VALLEY, Calif. — San Diego sheriff’s detectives Saturday located a 12-year-old runaway girl who was possibly a sex trafficking victim near Spring Valley, authorities said.
The girl was located in the 8500 block of Paradise Valley Road by detectives who were checking a possible sex trafficking location, sheriff’s Sgt. Chase Chiappino said.
“Two 17-year-old males related to the investigation were arrested for possession of firearms,” Chiappino said.
The human trafficking investigation continued, he said.
According to the FBI, San Diego is listed as one of the 13 highest sex trafficking areas in the country.
According to a recent study, sex trafficking is San Diego’s second-largest underground economy after drugs: an estimated $810 million in annual revenue.
The average age of entry is 15 years old and gangs are often involved.