LIVE: Dept. of Homeland Security announces anti-human trafficking plan
Anti-human trafficking center established at Ministry of Homeland Security
The center’s staff will be tasked with combating all forms of exploitation
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolfe has announced the opening of the Anti-Human Trafficking Center, the first unified government law enforcement center in U.S. history to support federal criminal investigations of such crimes, provide victim assistance, and analyze intelligence and information. advocacy and training of specialists on combating human trafficking and forced labor.
The center, which has been in operation since early September, is located in Washington DC and is part of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the world leader in criminal investigations into human trafficking and sex exploitation. The center will be staffed by law enforcement officers from the Internal Security Investigation Department and DHS, as well as specialized experts and support staff from the Department of Homeland Security..
“Trafficking in human beings is modern slavery. There is no other term for this, says Chad Wolfe in a statement. – Trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labor, and domestic servitude … is in every way contrary to the principles of human dignity that Americans hold dear. The launch of the Anti-Trafficking Center means President Trump has invested resources, paid attention and time to fight and eradicate all forms of trafficking. “.
In fiscal 2019, the Immigration and Customs Service opened 1,024 trafficking and forced labor cases, resulting in 2,197 criminal cases. These actions led to the conviction of nearly 700 people and the rescue of over 400 victims..
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