Here is your weekly roundup of human trafficking stories in the news. We hope to highlight the good work that U.S. law enforcement and citizens are doing to fight human trafficking across the country. O.U.R. was not involved unless specified.
Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was a week-long operation conducted by multiple agencies in California to target human traffickers. 76 adults and 11 minors were rescued in the process.
Child and Family Services administered a survey to 363 people in their programs, and Arizona State University Researchers gleaned new information from the results. They found that over half of the survivors were Native Hawaiian, showing that trafficking does not always happen across borders but can happen locally.
The ride-sharing company is now offering sessions at the company’s Las Vegas Hub for the drivers to learn about the signs of human trafficking. The training is broken into four main areas: Control, Confusion, Distress or Injury, and Sex Buying.
Last month, a human trafficking sting operation was conducted in Illinois, and 3 Wisconsin men were arrested along with 11 others from Illinois. Lake County’s Special Investigations Group launched this operation “to suppress the demand for purchased sex.”