Labor trafficking: Red flag indicators for patrol officers

Indicators may not be the settings themselves but evident through the conditions and circumstances observed in the victim


By Police1 Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently released 11 short videos addressing labor trafficking for law enforcement, businesses and the community. The videos supplement the Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking Toolkit.

Labor trafficking is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services and affects persons of all ages, races, genders and nationalities.

Officers and deputies should be aware that the indicators of labor trafficking may not be the settings themselves but evident through the conditions and circumstances observed in the victim. The video below provides law enforcement patrol an overview of the red flag indicators of labor trafficking for enhanced victim and case identification.

Visit the COPS website for additional resources. 

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