Know the Language of Human Trafficking: A Glossary of Sex Trafficking Terms
COs are best positioned to throw obstacles in the way of human trafficking crimes
Correction officers in our nation’s prisons and jails may be among the best positioned of all law enforcement officers to throw roadblocks in the way of human trafficking crimes.
John Meekins has been a correctional officer in a women’s prison for more than nine years and has witnessed inmates being solicited and coerced while behind bars.Sometimes these women are recruited by other female inmates who are paid by outside pimps.
“These recruiters coerce female inmates into working for the traffickers,” says Meekins. “When they walk out to what they think is freedom, the traffickers are right there to pick them up to lead them into the worst kind of slavery.”
In other cases, female inmates are directly contacted by sex traffickers through websites like paperdollpenpals.com and jailbabes.com, which provides inmates’ mailing address.