#childsafety | Investigators sort through fact and fiction of human trafficking


Investigators sort through fact and fiction of human trafficking

HSI weighs in on nationwide issue



THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY. I’M CODY HOLYOKE. WE BEGIN WITH AN INTERNATIONAL ISSUE MAKING LOCAL HEADLINES AS OF LE.AT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. IT’S SOMETHING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HERE AT HOME ARE WORKING TO COMBAT EVERY DAY. IT’S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THIS NOTE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THERE IS NO SINGLE PROFILE OF A TRAFFICKI VNGICTIM. THEY CAN BE ANYONEOF ANY AGE, RACE, RELIGION, OR CITIZENSHIP STAT.US THOUGH THE VULNERABLE SEEM TO BE TARGEDET THE MOST FOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE OR THE COMMERCIAL SEX TRADE. NATIONWIDE LAST YEAR, HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATORS RESEDCU OR IDENTIFIED NEARLY 12-HUNDRED CHILD EXPLOITATION VICTI.MS I MENTIONED LOCAL HEADLINES. IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, AUTHORITIES RODEUND UP 32 OPPELE AS PART OF A CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTATIGION IN KANSAS AND MISSOURI. INVESTIGATORS NABBED ABOUT 15 OF THEM DURING A STING OPERATION IN JACKSON, PLATTE, AND CLAY COUNTIES AS PART OF SOMETHING CALLED “OPERATION BLUE GHOST” WHICH STARTED LAST MONTH. THE FEDS TARGETED ADULTS WHO WERE WILLING TO TRAVEL TO SEXUALLY EXPLOIT A CHILD. AND AS VICTIMS’ ADVOCESAT TELL KMBC 9’S JACKSON KURTZ THIS IS NOT AN UNCOMMON STORY. >> IT CAN BE HARD TO IMAGINE. >> IVE SEEN KIDS FROM WH YOUAT WOULD CONSIDER VERY HEALTHY FAMILIES GET ENTICIED AND END UP AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE SOMEDYBO KNOWS WHAT’S HAPPENED. >> BUT IT’S HAPPENING INHE T METRO. >> IT’S STILL A SHOCK WHEN IT’S IN YOUR COMMUNITY. AND IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. >> JENNIFER VERNON CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF CHILD, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES AT SYNERGY SERVICES SAYS THERE’S HUNDREDS OF KIDS BEING EXPLOITED IN OUR AREA WHETHER IT’S SEX TRAFFICKING OR ONLINE. >> YOU DON’T HAVE A PLACE TO SLEEP? YOU DON’T HAVE CLOTHES OR FOOD? WELL HAVE SEX WITH ME AND I’LL GIVE YOU THAT THAT’S STILL EXPLOITATION EVEN IT’S NOT TTPUING A KID OUT ON THE STREET TO BE PROSTUITUSTED. >> SHE SAYS FOR KIDS RECOVERING AFTER BEING SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIM THE TRAUMA COULD LAST THEIR ENTIRE LE.IF >> IT’S HARD TO TREAT, IT’S HARD TO UNDO. AND YOU REALLY NEED FAMILY ENGAGEMENT OR CAREGERIV ENGAGEMENT. >> TO KEEP KIDS SAFEVERNON SAYS PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS NEED TO LEARN ABOUT INTERNET SAFETY COURSES AND HAVE OPEN CONVERSATIONS WITH THEIR YNGOU PERSON TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE LIVING A HAPPY, HEALTHLIFEY . >> PEOPLE HEAR THAT AND THINK WELL THAT’S NOT GONNA HAENPP HERE. WE GOT KIDS BEING TRAFFICKED AND THEY CE OMHOME AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THEIR PARENTS HAD NO IDEA. BECAUSE THEY ARE SO AFRAID TO TELL. >> IN KANSAS CITY JACKSON KUZRT KM BC 9 NEWS. >> JOINING ME NOW IS SCOTT WITH HOMELA SNDECURYIT INVESTIGATION. I WANT TO CUT THROUGH THE MYTHS. HOW REAL IS THIS PROBLEM? >> IT’S A REAL PROBLEM THAT WE EAR ENCOUNTERING IN KANSAS CITY AND EVERY MAJOR METRO. >> IS IT MORE PREVALENT HERE THAN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY? >> IT’S HARD TO QUANTIFY. IT IS JUST AS TYPICAL AS ANY OTHER MAJOR CITY. OTHER CITIES ARE FIGHTING IT JUST AS MUCH AS WE ARE. >> WITH TRAFFICKING, VICTIMS ARE MOVED AROUND QUITE A B.IT INTERSTATES BEING AROUND CITIES, THAT HAS TO POSE ARO PBL.EM >> WEEE S VICTIMS IN ONE CITY THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER ANOTHER CITY. THERE TRAFFICKED FROM LOCIONAT TO LOCATION TO PREVENT US FROM IDENTIFYING THEM AND PULLING THEM OUT OF THE SITTIUAONS. >> THIS IS AROUND BATTLE TO FIND THEM. >> IT TYPICALLY IS. TIPS COME IN LATE IN THE EVENING AND WEEKENDS AND WE TRY TO REACT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >> WE KNOW YOU PLAYED A LERON I OPERATION BLUE GHOST ROUNDING UP SUSPECTS. WHERE’D YOU GO FROM HERE AFTER AN OPERATION LIKE THAT? >> OPERATION BLUE GHOST WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL CONCTDUED BY HOMELAND SECURITY AND NUMEROUS STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS AROUND THE AA.RE THE TRAFFICKERS ARE USING ONLINE TOOLS AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO TARGET VICTIMS FAR MORE THAN IN THE PAST. AS LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, WE HAVE TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN TARGETING AND CHASING DIINVIDUSAL ONLINE. AFTER A LARGE-SCALE OPERAONTI LIKE THAT, WE ARE BOGGED DOWN BY THE PROCESSES SO WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT AND EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR DAY IN COURT. BUT WE DON’T STOP. WE ARE RIGHT BACK IN THE OFFICE ON MONDAY. >> A LOT OF THESE CISOAL MEDIA POSTS, MISCONCEPTIONS AND CONSPIRACIES, DOES IT GET IN THE WAY OF THE REAL WORK YOU ARE DOING? >> IT C.AN UNFORTUNATELY, WE COME ACROSS THSMY OR STATEMENTS OR STATISTICS THAT ARE MISNOMER’S. WE TRY NOT TO GET WRAPPED UP IN IT. OUR JOB IS THE SAME REGARDLESS. WE TRY TO PUSH THROUGH WHAT MAY BE MYTHS AND TEAK AND FOCUS ON WHAT IS REAL. >> I IMAGINE AS WE WORK TO PREVENON,TI THAT EDUCATION PLAYS A BIG ROLE. HOW DO YOU GET OUT AND INFORM THE PUBLIC AND CUT THROUGH THE MESS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES? >> HOMELAND SECURITY IS WORKING WITH THE CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN TO GO OUT AND TEACH THE PUBLIC. WE TEACH THEM WHAT THEY CAN DO TO BE SAFE ONLINE. STEPS CAN TAKE TO PREVENT THEMSELVES FROM BEING VICTIMS OR BEGIN TARGETED BY ONLINE PREDATORS AND HOW THEY CAN PREVENT THEMSELVES FROM BEING VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. >> WAS ADVICE YOU GIVE TO ETH FAMILIES? >> BE AWARE, BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD’S LIFE. PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA. SOCIAL MEDIA IS A LARGE PORTION OF THEIR LIFE. BEING INVOLVED IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND POSTING IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO. BENV IOLVED. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHG.IN DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS AND CONTACT ON ENFORCEMENT IF YOU NEED TO. >> AS YOU MENTIONED WITH SOCIAL MEA,DI IT’S A DIFFERENT TIME NOW BECAUSE ALMOST EVERY KID HAS A SOCIAL MED AIACCOUNT OR A CELL PHONE. WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO? SOMETIMES, THIS IS HARD TO SPOT. >> ONLINE PREDATORS ARE PROFESSIONALS AT WHAT THEY DO. OFTENTIM TESHEY STAY UNDER THE RADAR. THEY TAKE THEIR TIME BUILDING REPORT WITH THE VICM.TI PARENTS NEED TO BE INVOLVED. LOOK AT THE CHATS IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE DOING THAT. FIND OUT IF YOUR CHILD IS TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO SEEMS OUT OF THE NORM OR SOMEONE THEY DON’T GO TO SCHOOL WITH OR STATEMENTS THAT YOU WOULD BE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH. BE INVOLD.VE OFTENTIMES, THAT’S HOW THE PREDATORS START. >> IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS. >> YES AS A PARENT MYSF,EL IT’S DIFFICULT TO WALK THE LINE AND GIVE THEM SPACE, BUT ALSO BE INVOLVED. >> WE APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU ARE DOING. THANK YOU YOUR TIME. 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Investigators sort through fact and fiction of human trafficking

HSI weighs in on nationwide issue




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