While many Americans view anti-trafficking reform as an altruistic endeavor to combat modern slavery, most interventions aren’t effective, and some are secondarily exploitative―which arguably further stigmatizes and marginalizes already vulnerable victims and survivors, writes a trafficking expert.
Experts say that traffickers have been able to exploit economic anxieties fueled by COVID, while using the Internet to advertise, recruit and exploit their victims. A new report tracks trafficking “hot spots” across the U.S.
A report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics sums up data provided by attorneys general in 43 states, Washington D.C. and three territories on enforcement of their human trafficking laws in 2018, the last year for which data is available.
The pandemic has increased the number of women, men and children at risk of trafficking. But given the hidden nature of the crime, it is no surprise that anti-trafficking efforts appear to have had little impact on reducing victimization, writes the author of a book used to train law enforcement.
According to a 2018 survey, 63 percent of trafficking victims were transported on trains, trucks, buses, taxis, and other modes of land travel. That has put the men and women who operate the nation’s public and private mass transit systems on the front lines of the struggle against traffickers, writes a former rail police officer.
Internet-savvy pimps are taking advantage of the economic disclocations caused by the pandemic to recruit vulnerable women and control their movements, a New York City detective told a webinar examining the new landscape of sex trafficking in the U.S.
Legal experts and anti-trafficking groups say her 2015 case was the first filed against a hotel or motel for its role in a trafficking crime. According to the Human Trafficking Institute, there were at least 25 new cases filed nationwide against hotels and motels last year under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.