News News. The report states that while the commercial sex industry is deeply embedded in Reno, according to the Back listings which no longer exists due to the company pulling all adult-themed earlier this yearit also includes Truckee and South Lake Tahoe, and east and south to Nevada cities such as Fernley and Gardnerville.
The Tahoe region is deserving of special attention, according to the report, because of a higher concentration of legal sex workers in a less-populated area. During a survey of Back, 8 to 10 sex workers advertised their services for Crystal Bay; sex workers were listed for Incline Village; were listed in Truckee; and were listed for South Lake Tahoe.
Meanwhile, sex workers are listed for Carson City; for downtown Reno;for Reno as a whole; for Sparks; and roughly for Virginia City. Incline Village and South Lake Tahoe also have a high rate relative to their population size.
Among other findings, the HTI report suggests that though Back is only supposed to promote adult escorts and legal commercial sex, evidence indicates that adults and minors have been trafficked through the site as well. The monies allow HTI to hire five full-time employees dedicated to this project.
Meanwhile, since there are reportedly few resources dedicated to the issue in Washoe County, the Reno-based nonprofit group Awaken reached out to Creighton and HTI for help. Although it is hard to compare statistics with other parts of America due to the reporting mechanism continuously evolving over the past two years, Clark said that in comparing Reno to Lincoln, Nebraska with a population size ofvs.
There are a lot of males in that area with expendable cash, away from their normal lives and any ability. Further, impressionable young women or children are at risk, she said. City of Reno Police Chief Jason Soto agreed and added that the advent of technology and the use computers exacerbate the problem. Awaken and the city of Reno believe more resources are needed to completely eradicate the issue of sex trafficking.
The fact Reno is a hour town with cheap hotel rooms and thriving nightlife also lends itself to the problem, Soto said. That said, he is trying to get more information from Awaken on how the department can help.
Soto added that Reno has a street enforcement team that addresses these types of crimes in the city and work undercover. One detective is dedicated to sex trafficking, and sometimes the FBI and a specific task force intervene, depending on other factors involved in the crime.
Further, Soto said the city regularly works with Awaken to place recovery program information in areas where sex trafficking victims are most likely to see them. Awaken is hosting a free local event on April 26 from p. There are several ways to get involved — if people want to get on the front lines, then there are opportunities to mentor the women and children that we work with.
In the Incline Village area specifically, victims could benefit from donated beach passes or professional services at a pro bono rate, she said. Awaken is also looking for financial donations to try to purchase a house for those in recovery. Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer.
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