FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Right now, Fort Wayne law enforcement is working four human trafficking cases.These cases are increasing, but experts suspect it’s because more people are being taught what to look out for.
The numbers shed the most light on the problem of human trafficking and who the victims are. About 18,000 people were trafficked in the U.S. last year with 50 percent being children, and 75-percent of victims being trafficked into sex work.
Allen Superior Court and Great KIDS Make Great COMMUNITIES got a panel together to tell child advocates and some members of the public how they can spot a victim. Some things the general public could look out for include seeing a young girl with older men, noticing an attitude change among children you interact with, or spotting a young person with multiple cell phones.