APD’s vice squad rescues 380 women, changes paradigm for policing human trafficking

The FBI published a bulletin last year about a new approach to fighting human trafficking.

Authored by an Anaheim Police lieutenant, the bulletin declared, “human sex trafficking victims equate to modern day slaves” and encouraged a new way for police to think about the growing threat to young women.

To watch a recent KNBC-TV report about APD's vice squad, click on the photo To watch a recent KNBC-TV report about APD’s vice squad, click on the photo “The goal became rescuing women from their pimps and redirecting their lives, reducing prostitution one life at a time,” the lieutenant wrote. “This paradigm shift meant considering prostitutes as potential victims and pimps as suspects. This role transition became the basis of a new approach where prostitution activity was viewed as potential human trafficking.”

Developed in 2010, the Anaheim approach has led to a new law, international publicity and has been embraced by other police agencies from around the county, state and world. It also spawned a…

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