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San Diego region has become hub of gang-controlled prostitution rings
San Diego region has become hub of gang-controlled prostitution rings

It began with teachers and counselors becoming suspicious. The same teenage girls were often absent from their classes on Fridays and Mondays. When they came to school, they wore flashy jewelry and provocative clothing and often carried more than one cellphone. Sometimes they had visible bruises. From those observations came an investigation by the FBI and the Sheriff's Department that led this month to the indictment of 22 suspected gang members and associates on charges of running a multi-state prostitution ring, including seducing underage girls into "the life." The defendants recruited about 100 girls and young women by promising a lavish lifestyle and emotional...

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