FBI, This Week: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January 10, 2018
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI joins the nation to raise public awareness about this crime.
Mollie Halpern: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI joins the nation to raise public awareness about this crime.
Human trafficking—known as modern-day slavery—includes the exploitation of a person for sex, domestic servitude, or labor.
The FBI works human trafficking investigations through its task forces, operations, and initiatives—all of which take a victim-centered approach.
Melissa Snow and Tiffany Short are FBI child victim program coordinators in the Victim Services Division.
Melissa Snow: Every day, the FBI is supporting survivors of human trafficking. These individuals have survived some of the most complex forms of exploitation and trauma. Therefore, we believe it is so important for victim specialists, child/adolescent forensic interviewers, and agents to work together from a victim-centered approach.
Tiffany Short: The FBI has 153 victim specialists who work with community partners to provide short- and long-term services that can range from the provision of basic needs such as food, clothing, medical care, mental health, and protective care and shelter.
Halpern: If you’re a victim, or know someone who is, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
The FBI is in its fifth year of collecting offense and arrest data regarding human trafficking. Reports are available at www.fbi.gov.
With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.
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