When Sex Trafficking Goes Unnoticed in AmericaMany cases go unreported, making it a difficult crime for law enforcement personnel to spot.
How do you identify a sex-trafficking victim? How do you find the estimated 1.5 million trafficking victims in North America when such cases go largely undetected or unreported?
It’s an issue with which law-enforcement agencies in the U.S. continually struggle. Detective Bill Woolf with the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force has experienced this first hand. Over the course of his tenure, he’s interviewed over 300 victims. In many cases, those who have been exploited believe that they are offenders, Woolf told me. “They fear law enforcement…because they’re technically committing a crime and that is prostitution,” he said.