DETROIT (WXYZ) – According to the FBI, 30 to 40 children are trafficked in the Greater Detroit area during the North American International Auto Show. The office joined Detroit Police Chief James Craig to talk about human trafficking in preparation for the opening of the auto show to the public on Saturday.

According to Michael Glennon of the FBI, there is a 280-300% increase in the number of sex traffickers in the region. Ten percent of them are under 18 years old.

Chief Craig said Wednesday that a VICE unit had been informed of a missing girl. They followed up and discovered that the missing girl had been abducted and sexually assaulted. The suspect was preparing for her and another missing woman to relocate to Atlanta to continue her sex trafficking activities.

US Homeland Security investigations conducted by the US Immigration and Customs Service indicate that human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes and is apparent to the US. slavery of modern times.

"Victims pay to be transported illegally to the United States, only to be under the shock of the traffickers," said HSI. "They are forced into prostitution, forced labor and other forms of servitude to pay off their debts – often to enter the United States."

In some cases, the victims of human trafficking are children, surrounded by an unknown culture and language without identity documents.

"Trafficking in human beings is notoriously difficult to prosecute," said Steve Francis, special agent in charge of HSI. "Victims and their families are often asked to comply with the threat of violence and other forms of abusive coercion."

"We urge members of the public to educate themselves about these heinous crimes so that they recognize the indicators.A knowledgeable public can help law enforcement to rescue individuals in these situations and ensure that those who commit these acts are punished. "

HSI says recognition of key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save lives. All the indicators listed below are not present in all situations of human trafficking, and the presence or absence of any of these indicators does not necessarily constitute proof of the trafficking in human beings.

  • Does the person seem disconnected from family, friends, community organizations or places of worship?
  • Has a child stopped going to school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a minor involved in commercial sexual acts?
  • Is the person disoriented, confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises at various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, shy or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of food, water, sleep or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom she returns? Or whoever seems to control the situation, for example, where is he going or who is he talking to?
  • Does the person seem to be guided on what to say?
  • Does the person live in inappropriate conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal property and does not appear to have a stable life situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person leave his place of residence freely? Are there unreasonable security measures?
  • Does the person seem to have all his belongings in a plastic bag, easy to grab if he has to move quickly?
  • Does the minor use a false identity card or is he lying about his age?
  • Does the person appear to be unfamiliar with his environment, for example, not knowing his location?
  • HSI urges the public not to try to directly confront an alleged trafficker or to alert a victim of suspicion.
  • If you notice any suspicious activity, please contact HSI through 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.

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