Human trafficking is a crime that occurs over time. During the investigation, it is our job to collect all of the pieces of evidence that will be used in a prosecution to portray the picture of a survivor’s experience. This collection and analysis of corroborating evidence can be a daunting task.
For local law enforcement, one of the biggest hurdles in investigating human trafficking is having the availability of officers to handle a crime like this. Human trafficking can absorb a lot of an investigator’s time. The solution is having partners who are trained to do this. It’s important for agencies to realize that help is available and they don’t have to do it alone. There are experts in the field serving in task forces around the country that they can rely on.