Why local law enforcement training is key to fighting human trafficking - the fastest growing crime in the world?
Though Washington is home to a well-organized federally funded human trafficking task force (WashACT –Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking), the coordination of both national and local government and organizations is a critical element of anti-trafficking success. This is a winning strategy advocated by the Campaign to Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking under the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Trafficking perpetrators and victims are often involved in traditional crimes or illegal activities. Traditional law enforcement training recognizes them as prostitutes, pimps, kidnappers, employers hiring illegal immigrants, etc. Training law enforcement to look beneath the surface is the KEY to uncover the darker side of these criminal activities - human trafficking.
Local police are often the first responders to potential trafficking victims and perpetrators. Training law enforcement to communicate effectively with victims and detect potential perpetrators will help fight modern-day slavery in our state.