In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
As agents in Ohio investigate liquor permit establishments for alcohol, drugs and weapons violations, they’re also looking for human traffickers and victims of the crime.
Every agent has received training on how to spot signs of human trafficking in Ohio’s bars, restaurants and other places that serve alcohol.
Last October, agents attended human trafficking awareness training by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The training explained what human trafficking looks like and what agents do when they see the illegal activity.
“Our agents are often in a prime setting to spot victims of human trafficking,” said Agent-in-Charge Eric Wolf. “In these cases, time is of the essence. Our agents can start the process to get these people to safety and do so quickly.”
Many victims of human trafficking are often moved through adult entertainment clubs, or even truck stops, which often have liquor permits.
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In Awareness, Human Trafficking on February 1, 2013 at 8:39 am
Professionals working with children and young people will receive specialist training to spot and help victims of child trafficking as part of a Home Office scheme.
The initiative, designed for youth workers, social workers, GPs and midwives, will be rolled out across London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton.
The training is part of the government’s strategy to support victims who are “lured to the UK by gangs and then exploited for sex, labour and domestic slavery”, including the rising number of children being forced into crime, such as street begging and cannabis cultivation.
The NSPCC is among five organisations that have received £70,000 of Home Office funding to provide training as part of continuing professional development courses for the children and young people’s workforce.
Source: Children & Young People Now
In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 am
The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking.
Hotel employees received training from law enforcement Tuesday to spot possible cases of juvenile sex trafficking. Hospitality employees will be on the look-out for signs such as guests without luggage, rooms paid for in cash and young girls with significantly older males.
Last year, hotel workers in Ramsey County and Minnetonka underwent similar training to help spot suspicious activity and report it to law enforcement. Authorities said hotels and motels are often where underage girls are sold for sex.
Hotel workers are often the first to notice when something isn’t right, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Grant Snyder, who led the training.
“Nobody is better at recognizing problems in their hotel. Recognizing when something’s amiss, when someone needs help or when someone’s in danger. No one’s better at that than hotel employees,” Snyder said. “What we’re trying to do here is engage the hotel employees, engage law enforcement, engage our other partners into a collaboration that allows us on a very expansive, community level to be able to target this on the way that it should be targeted.”
Source: Minnesota Public Radio
In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on September 22, 2012 at 8:52 am
As officials continue to battle illicit sexually oriented businesses in unincorporated Harris County, securing resources for victims has become more of a priority for local non-profits.
“In law enforcement, we’re making a paradigm shift,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “In recent years, we’ve gone from arresting women on the streets, trying to convict them and send them off to prison to understanding that they are not born wanting to grow up and be a prostitute. They don’t go to school hoping to graduate magna cum laude in prostitution. So we’ve now developed a new perspective.”
In a new initiative, Garcia said all deputies with the sheriff’s office will go through human trafficking training by the end of the year, so they will be able to recognize victims and find them help.
Source: Your Houston News