Human Trafficking Thrives Because Officers Don’t Know What It Is
Human trafficking often thrives right under the noses of law enforcement and corrections officers simply because these officers do not know enough to recognize the signs
By John Meekins
Human trafficking often thrives right under the noses of law enforcement and corrections officers simply because these officers do not know enough to recognize the signs of human trafficking. For example, sex traffickers have found multiple ways to recruit women who are currently serving time in prison.
In the last three years, I have been deeply involved in building human trafficking awareness and education. My focus has been to train law enforcement and corrections officers in jails and prisons how to recognize, identify, and assist victims.
One of the major obstacles for proper training is a misconception that human trafficking is a big-city problem or an international issue. I recently met a police officer who worked in a small, affluent town in Florida who told me he had requested to attend training on trafficking, but his chief refused saying, “We don’t have that crime in this town.”