The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. The yearly profits generated by the human trafficking industry is 34 billion dollars, second only to drug trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its re authorization enhances pre-existing criminal penalties, affords new protection to trafficking victims, and make available certain benefits and services to victims of several forms of trafficking. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory have enacted anti-trafficking laws. Furthermore, 34 states have enacted Safe Harbor Legislation. While there is a distinction between sex and labor trafficking, it is important to realize that the line between the two concepts is often blurry. Sexual abuse is a common form of coercion in labor trafficking cases, and many individuals trafficked for sexual exploitation are also trafficked for labor.
Advanced Human Trafficking Investigation Training
Human Trafficking in Native American tribal communities and native villages is a significant and expanding problem that includes sex trafficking and forced labor. The victims of this crime are adults and children, both male and female. The unique, independent structure of native communities contributes to complex cultural and jurisdictional issues for tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in combating these crimes. This course is designed to increase the attendant’s awareness and teach victim indicators, victim outreach, enhanced collaborative investigation models, dimensions of human trafficking conspiracies, and protocols and strategies for detection and investigation.
Class 1 – Awareness of Human Trafficking - This class is an overview of the problem of human trafficking in the United States. Its emphasis is on understanding the scope of the problem and the legal framework in place to help address it.
Class 2 – Responding to Human Trafficking - This class is an overview of the basics of law enforcement response to human trafficking situations. Its emphasis is on adopting a victim centered approach to achieve successful conclusions in trafficking cases, to include victim rescue and care and trafficker prosecution.
As of July 2014 nearly 30,000 law enforcement officers have completed this training course.