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 reauthorization 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
Advanced Human Trafficking Investigations - Upcoming Courses:
Human Trafficking (HT) 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 combatting these crimes.
Tribal Law Enforcement, Tribal Leaders and Community Stakeholders -- Morning Session
Awareness – definitions, scope of the problem, laws, jurisdictional issues
Tribal Communities at Risk -- signs and symptoms, victim indicators
Victim Outreach – tribal leaders, tribal council members, tribal police departments, Indian health and social service providersTribal Law Enforcement -- Afternoon Session
This session is designed for law enforcement and their partners who may investigate an HT case or may discover an HT case during the course of their duties. Special emphasis is placed on the development of investigation skills and case coordination with an understanding that the victim is the key focus of the investigation. Case studies graphically illustrate successful investigations. This session features three primary components and includes:
Practices— Enhanced collaborative investigation model and the three stages of a pro-active human trafficking investigation
Dimensions of a Human Trafficking Conspiracy – exploitation on the street, on-line, and on the phone
Protocols -- for victim interviews, strategies and techniques for the detection and investigation of the crime of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking in Indian Country - Upcoming Courses:
Date: July 12, 2016
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.