By William Spruce — For Holly’s column Speaking Out in the Washington Times Communities
GRAPEVINE, TX, October 30, 2013 — The United States is wrought with an epidemic of human trafficking — a crime that often involves the victimization of women and children. Too many law enforcement agencies are sitting on the sidelines as this type of criminal activity flourishes within their own backyards. Law enforcement uses many techniques in the prevention and reduction of crimes in their areas; these same techniques can be applied to prevent and reduce human trafficking.
Following are tips for law enforcement to efficiently detect, prevent, and deter human trafficking:
- Train personnel on the indicators of human trafficking and on effective interviewing of potential victims who, in most cases, do not self-identify.
- Educate the public about human trafficking and concentrate on the vulnerable populations of the community.
- Develop government and non-government partnerships to achieve a unified enforcement action against human trafficking while providing aftercare for the victims.