Certain occupations lead people into contact with human trafficking victims more often than others.
Educating yourself and your co-workers can lead to trafficking cases being reported more often.
ARE YOU A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER?
As first responders, law enforcement officers can be in a unique position to truly help or hurt a human trafficking victim. Victims are often told by traffickers that police will be hurtful or aggressive toward them or arrest them, and when officers come into contact with victims and confirm these behaviors, it (unintentionally or not) can drive a human trafficking victims closer to his/her trafficker. Because human trafficking is often so misunderstood and rarely a part of an officer's training, most officers do not know how to recognize a human trafficking victim, how to handle a human trafficking case, or even completely why there is #nosuch thing as a child prostitute.
If you are a law enforcement officer, make sure you know the signs of human trafficking, and consider hosting a training for your team or department on how to recognize and handle human trafficking. Find out if your department has a history of arresting 'underage prostitutes' without directing them to victim services, or arresting prostitutes without investigating for human trafficking. Below are additional resources for law enforcement agencies specifically.