Ind. Attorney General Assigning More Investigators To Human Trafficking Unit
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal industries in the world.
In the United States, statistics suggest 71 percent of labor trafficking victims entered the country on lawful visas. Eighty-three percent of sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens. Children pulled into commercial sex are often as young as 12-years-old.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill wants to crack down on human trafficking in his state.
“The predators engaging in this deplorable criminal activity need to know they will be sought out, captured and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Hill. “Victims trapped in this illegal enterprise who are desperate for a better way of life need to know there is help and hope.”
On Monday, Hill announced that his office will assign more investigators and attorneys to the Human Trafficking Investigations Unit. The unit raises public awareness of human trafficking, educates Hoosiers on how to address human trafficking in their communities, educating schools and teachers about warning signs, alert employers and businesses in industries prone to human trafficking to the signs and effects of the crime, and work with county prosecutors and law enforcement at all levels.
The new effort would address both labor and sex trafficking. The Human Trafficking Investigations Unit expansion would assign those with law enforcement experience to the field to help catch criminals responsible for human trafficking in Indiana.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center can be reached at 1-888-373-7888. The organization lists tips on its website intended to help citizens recognize possible warning signs of human trafficking so they can notify authorities anytime they believe they have spotted victims in need of aid.