Child sex trafficking. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Image via Wikimedia Commons

A group of adult entertainment business owners are scheduled to release a report Thursday that says their industry has a $70 million annual impact on San Diego’s economy.

The San Diego Hospitality and Entertainment Coalition said the study was conducted to determine the impact of adult entertainment establishments on San Diego’s economy, examine crime rates and other police statistics between neighborhoods and adult entertainment businesses, and profile employees, customers and neighboring businesses regarding perceptions of adult entertainment establishments.

The report follows up on a 1995 study commissioned by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and San Diego Police Department, according to the coalition. The group hired Luth Research, the same firm that conducted the 1995 research.

“As business owners, we are excited to share the results of Luth’s recent study on our industry showing the positive impact to San Diego’s economy, over $70 million annually,” said Dino Palmiotto, coalition president. “The results of this report validate again what the San Diego Police Department also found in their study back in 1995.”

Details on the findings are scheduled to be revealed at a news conference in Kearny Mesa.

—City News Service