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Human Trafficking Task Force

Trafficking is the use of force, threat of force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, provide or obtain any person for labor or commercial sex or to cause a person under 18 to engage in a commercial sex act.

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, and lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Mission:

Together, the Middle District of Alabama United States Attorney’s Office (MDAL-USAO) and members of the task force aim to serve the Middle District of Alabama collaboratively by identifying victims, serving victims, and prosecuting human trafficking cases.

Goals:

  • Prevent, identify, investigate, disrupt, and prosecute human trafficking crimes.

  • Dismantle any criminal organization that promotes or participates in the commission of human trafficking crime.

  • Promote a coordinated approach to the provision of services for victims of human trafficking at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • Provide federal leadership and direction to improve victim services.

  • Coordinate victim services effectively through collaboration with victim service providers in the district.

  • Conduct outreach, awareness activities, and resources for the public.

Trafficking Victims and Witnesses

In case of an emergency, please call 911.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Fusion Center Suspicious Activity Report

You can report any suspicious activity here

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National Human Trafficking Resource Center

If you believe you are the victim of a trafficking situation or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888. NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline, with specialists available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur.

You can also submit a tip on the NHTRC website at humantraffickinghotline.org/report-trafficking.

Upcoming Events

July 21, 2017, 2:00-4:00 EST: Renew HOPE presents: Human Trafficking: A Training for the Healthcare Community
Presenter: Vikki Vodosia, BSN, RN, SANE-P
East Alabama Medical Center - Lanier Campus Cafeteria
4800 48th Street, Valley, AL 36854
Registration
Register by Phone: Valerie Kambeitz (334) 756-1461

August 12, 2017, 9:00-6:00 EST: Blanket Fort Hope presents: Hoops for Hope
Basketball tournament : Sign up your business, church, family, friends, sporting teams, community organizations, and schools. There will entertainment, food, celebrities, contests, and children’s activities.
Pelham High School, 2500 panther Circle, Pelham, Alabama 35124
Please contact Debbie Navez at Deb@dreamgateevents.com or visit blanketforthope.org for more information about the event, team registration, and sponsorship opportunities.
More Information:
Blanket Fort Hope: Hoops For Hope Flyer

Event Information

August 17, 2017, 8:30-4:30: Advanced Human Trafficking Training
The MDAHTTF along with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) will provide a professional development training for task force members at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM). The morning session will be a comprehensive training on interviewing human trafficking victims. The afternoon session will be a comprehensive training (for law enforcement only) on investigation and prosecuting human trafficking cases. APOST credit for law enforcement and continuing education credit for DHR and social services employees will be provided.
More Information

September 28, 2017, 1:00-2:30: Task Force Meeting
U.S. Attorney's Office - Montgomery Alabama

October 12-13, 2017 - Interdiction for the Protection of Children Regional Alabama Training - Division-A
APOSTC Law Enforcement Baldwin County
15950 Moseley Road, Stapleton, Alabama 36578

More Information
Registration

Task Force Participants
  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

  • Auburn Police Department

  • Auburn Sheriff’s Department

  • Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

  • Dadeville Police Department

  • Department of Homeland Security

  • Dothan Police Department

  • Elmore County Sheriff’s Department

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Fusion Center

  • Greenville Police Department

  • Henry County Sheriff’s Office

  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office

  • Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department

  • Macon County Sheriff’s Office

  • Millbrook Police Department

  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

  • Montgomery Police Department

  • Opelika Police Department

  • Poarch Creek Tribal Police

  • Prattville Police Department

  • Shorter Police Department

  • State Bureau of Investigation

  • Tuskegee Police Department

  • Wetumpka Police Department

Links

DOJ Human Trafficking Unit: justice.gov/crt/human-trafficking-prosecution-unit-htpu

DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section: justice.gov/criminal-ceos/prostitution-children

FBI: fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/human-trafficking

HSI Blue Campaign: dhs.gov/blue-campaign

Alabama State Human Trafficking Task Force: enditalabama.org

Polaris: polarisproject.org

Updated July 20, 2017