MEDFORD, Ore.-- Across the nation, sex trafficking is a growing problem--including in Southern Oregon.
Medford Police said the agency deals with only a handful of cases every year. Human Trafficking Expert Rebecca Bender said it is an unreported crime, so the numbers are not accurate. Bender said the numbers may be higher if there were more first responders trained to detect it.
"We have not had as much training in the valley as I think we need," Bender said. "That's been one of the issues I think--as a Southern Oregon region in general. Our Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Force, which was around two years ago, has dissolved and we don't have any detectives in Grants Pass that even work sex crimes."