Leaders from the U.S. and Mexico will meet Thursday to talk about how a new human trafficking law that will impact the issue on both sides of the border.
The law seeks to prevent, suppress and punish human trafficking.
Thursday’s meeting looks to improve victim services, resources and educational campaigns to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Part of that effort will be promoting technology that blocks material on social networking sites currently being used to facilitate trafficking.
Some published reports estimate that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.
The U.S. State Department is also pushing to increase global awareness of the problem by hosting a forum on Thursday. The forum is hosted by Chula Vista's Deputy Mayor Rudy Ramirez and The Binational Network of Hearts.
The campaign to combat the problem will focus on increasing awareness of human trafficking. The forum starts at 10 a.m. at Chula Vista City Hall.