15 women rescued from human traffickers in 2017 by London police
January 26, 2018 | Brainwave Science
London police rescued 15 women and girls from human traffickers in 2017, as CBC News reveal. The youngest of the rescued victims was 14 years old. During 2017, 16 human trafficking charges were laid, as well as more than 200 other criminal code charges.
These results represent the work of London Police Service’s human trafficking unit after one of its first year of operations. “We’ve had to redefine success,” declared Det. Sgt. Mike Hay, head of the human trafficking unit.
Even though not all operations lead to charges or arrests, they can create a connection with a victim reaching out for help. The human trafficking section focuses on long-term investigations in which officers pose as sex workers and charge men looking to buy sex so they can vice probes.
During vice probes, officers scour online escort ads, looking for signs that a woman is being trafficked. Afterwards, officers undercover arrange a meeting with the woman, posing as a John, to see if she needs any help.
The human trafficking units statistics for 2017 reveal 222 criminal code charges, 32 drug charges, 16 human trafficking charges, 184 trafficking investigations, 72 vice probes, 4 john stings, 30 Johns charged, 15 people rescued and $60,000 Amount of drugs and cash seized.
Sex trafficking has been spiking in London during the past years, due to its proximity to Hwy 401, full of hotels that serve as easily accessible places for pimps to sell sex with female victims. London is a middle ground for Johns moving women between highway hotels. Police say at least 25 percent of sex trade workers are victims of trafficking.
One of the biggest struggles that officers face is finding the women to help them escape, as in many cases they don’t want to or can’t work with the police. Human trafficking violates human freedoms and human fulfillment by exploiting and victimizing men, women, and children into forced labor, bonded labor, and sexual servitude.
The criminal networks behind this bribe relevant parties and take advantage of weak border security and ill-equipped law enforcement to facilitate their trafficking routes. The money gained from this kind of criminal activities fund arms trafficking, corruption, illegal migration, and terrorism.
The technology developments during the recent year have enabled transnational criminals to put their evil plans into action with increased mobility and anonymity. All this makes the officers’ work even harder, as their aim is to collect quality intelligence that can help identify and disrupt the activity of these criminal complex networks.
The law enforcement’s failure to gather advanced and valuable information translates further into missed opportunities or more risks for civilians. In addition, the traditional interrogation methods that are used by officers are prone to human error and can accelerate inefficiencies and inaccurate leads across thousands of cases.
Taking all these facts into consideration, a new and innovative approach is mandatory, focused on quality intelligence obtained through smart and strategically means.
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iCognative guarantees a high success rate in generating quality leads at an unprecedented faster rate, in comparison to time-consuming interrogation techniques or relying on informant tips that are not always reliable.
The solution can accurately reveal to what degree a human trafficking suspect is involved in a trafficking case, what information a victim or perpetrator is concealing, and whether a suspect has any other incriminating information connected to other crimes. By matching testimonies of suspects, victims, or witnesses with readily intelligence available, iCognative offers a flawless solution that law enforcement needs and is over 99% accurate.
By introducing this new technology in their operating methods, law enforcement units specialized in human trafficking are able to gain valuable information that can lead to rescuing traffic victims or charges and arrests of the guilty parties.