Holt concluded, “Although this type of crime has not been detected in our area, we recognize that we are not immune from it. I would encourage citizens to continue working with our police department to protect our community.”
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Houze said there are four indicators of sex trafficking, according to the FBI. General indicators • People who live on or near work premises • Individuals with restricted or controlled communication and transportation • Persons frequently moved by traffickers • A living space with a large number of occupants • People lacking private space, personal possessions or financial records • Someone with limited knowledge about how to get around in a community Physical indicators • Injuries from beatings or weapons • Signs of torture, such as cigarette burns • Brands or scarring, indicating ownership • Signs of malnourishment Financial and legal indicators • Someone else has possession of an individual's legal or travel documents • Existing debt issues • One attorney claiming to represent multiple illegal aliens detained at different locations • A third party who insists on interpreting. Did the victim sign a contract? Brothel indicators • Large amounts of cash and condoms • Customer logbook or receipt book ("trick book") • Sparse rooms • Men come and go frequently To get help If someone suspects a sex trafficking incident, the National Human Sex Trafficking Hotline should be called immediately at 888-373-7888. Online resources www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/march_2011/human_sex_trafficking; www.soroptimist.org/trafficking/faq.html; www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/overview; www.ice.gov/human-trafficking/.