SPOKANE, Wash. – It has been almost a year since the Spokane Police Department created a unit dedicated to fighting human trafficking.
Spokane Police leaders said they have made several arrests since creating the unit and have decided to pull a detective from the Major Crimes Unit to work specifically on these cases.
“You may not recognize it, you may not see it and understand what you're looking for but it is occurring here,” said Lieutenant Steve Wohl.
Sex trafficking is becoming a growing problem in our area, according to Spokane Police. But they said it is one they are ready to take on. Detective said part of the increase is due to gangs moving from selling drugs to selling people.