Using Intelligence Techniques to Identify Human Trafficking Networks in Prison

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"I have spent the last 11 years as a correctional officer, working mostly with women offenders in one of the largest female prisons in the country. A few years ago, I had a debate with one of my co-workers about the meaning of a code we found in an inmate’s mail. I thought it was a gang reference, but my co-worker disagreed. This inspired me to start doing some research and I eventually took a law enforcement class on gangs. The class made me realize that I had been working in a women’s prison for years without knowing how many of the tattoos I had seen were gang tattoos.
My curiosity grew. I joined several gang investigators’ groups and soon learned that there’s a connection between gangs and human trafficking networks. Intrigued, I kept asking gang experts what they knew about human trafficking but — to my surprise — very few of them seemed to know much about it at all."

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