Human trafficking exists in the United States and can be considered Modern Day Slavery. Worldwide, it is a $150 billion criminal industry and it is found in every state of the United States. As many as 300,000 children in the US are at risk for sexual exploitation on a yearly basis.
Law Enforcement Officers may encounter a human trafficking operation during the course of their duties: during a traffic stop, during a police raid or even through a walk-in complaint. These situations often lead to the rescue of a human trafficking victim.
Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
• Basic education of how to identify Human Trafficking
• Characteristics of victims and perpetrators
• Mechanism of operations, and assessments of trends
• Case studies
• Investigative techniques and trends
• Insight into undercover Human Trafficking/Vice operations
• How these type of investigations crossover with internet crimes against children and traveler cases
• Obstacles law enforcement officials must overcome
• Substantial legal, cultural, and organizational barriers while investigating and prosecuting trafficking cases