Human trafficking: Local law enforcement awareness
from By Mark Bond
Incidents of human trafficking have occurred in all 50 states, but it can be a difficult crime for local law enforcement to recognize. It is often misidentified during the initial law enforcement encounter as a possible prostitution problem, domestic argument, workplace altercation, etc. Victims of human trafficking are usually scared when they encounter local law enforcement, because they know that their forced actions at the hands of their exploiter are illegal and they fear arrest. First responders need to spend the time to look beneath the surface if indicators of human trafficking are present.
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