Law enforcement training is a key tool we can use to fight human trafficking, which is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Trafficking perpetrators and victims are often involved in traditional crimes or illegal activities. Traditional law enforcement training recognizes them as prostitutes, pimps, kidnappers, or employers hiring illegal immigrants. Training law enforcement to look beneath the surface is critical to uncover the darker side of these criminal activities - human trafficking.
Local police are often the first responders to potential trafficking victims and perpetrators. Training law enforcement to communicate effectively with victims and detect potential perpetrators will help fight modern-day slavery in our state.
In April 2012, nearly 50 law enforcement officers from across Michigan gathered for a two-day training session joined by sponsors, Attorney General Schuette and the National Association of Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI). The training presented by national experts reviewed the best practices in how to identify, investigate and prosecute human traffickers. Please check back for information on upcoming training sessions.