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Local police advocate DHS Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking

Posted at 2:34 PM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 17:34:19-04

Local law enforcement agencies publicly supported and advocated for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign in an effort to combat and bring awareness to human trafficking. 

The Blue Campaign "strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice," according to the DHS website. 

Local government and law enforcement agencies have been sharing the campaign on social channels and disseminating information throughout the month, which is also National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

The definition of human trafficking is a modern-day slavery involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. 

DHS says it’s estimated that human trafficking generates billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. 

The Blue Campaign offers training to first responders, law enforcement and federal employees that will allow them to better understand how to detect and stop human trafficking crimes. 

You can learn more about the campaign here