This study explores how local law enforcement agencies classify human trafficking cases that they identify through their internal records management and external crime reporting programs in three United States communities. The research team examined over 600 human trafficking investigations and interviewed law enforcement and crime reporting personnel in each study site to understand how human trafficking cases are identified and reported by the police. Interviews with victim service providers and non-law enforcement agencies in each study community about how they identify and report human trafficking victimizations also helped the research team understand the sources of information about human trafficking incidents that exist outside of law enforcement data.
Federal Sponsor Agency: NIJ
Publication Date: January 2019