Crime Tracker: Human Trafficking: Who’s At Risk? - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Crime Tracker: Human Trafficking: Who’s At Risk?

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - The FBI rescued more than a hundred children Monday in a nationwide sting against child sex trafficking. More than 150 alleged traffickers are behind bars. The Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) carried out Operation Cross Country in 76 cities, including the Seattle area.

The FBI says young adults and even three child victims were rescued on the west side of the state. CETF arrested nine people in the Seattle area that they believe forced victims into prostitution. 

Young people in the Inland Northwest have also fallen victim to human trafficking. In May of 2012,  four people were arrested when a woman accused them of holding her captive.  She claimed they sold her for sex and forced her to make methamphetamine.            

CETF says at risk youth are especially vulnerable to human trafficking. It says children between 13 and 16 years old are especially susceptible. They are often foster children or runaways with no concerned family members looking for them. 

CETF says traffickers use manipulation and threats to control their victims, even forced drug use.

Polaris Project is dedicated to stopping human trafficking. It lists resources and help hotlines on it's website.  To look at resources in Washington state click here: http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map/washington

  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

    Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

    Thursday, December 14 2017 9:43 PM EST2017-12-15 02:43:31 GMT
    Photo: Ryan Penn, APPhoto: Ryan Penn, AP

    PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (AP) - A cow that escaped twice from a nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place. The cow, nicknamed "Stormy," wandered away from the nativity scene at Old First Reformed Church of Christ Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95. Philadelphia police eventually boxed in the cow with their cruisers before walking it off the interstate and returning it to the church.  However, WPVI-TV reported it was not long before the cow took o...

    PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (AP) - A cow that escaped twice from a nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place. The cow, nicknamed "Stormy," wandered away from the nativity scene at Old First Reformed Church of Christ Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95. Philadelphia police eventually boxed in the cow with their cruisers before walking it off the interstate and returning it to the church.  However, WPVI-TV reported it was not long before the cow took o...

  • Cheney man on a holiday mission needs your help

    Cheney man on a holiday mission needs your help

    Thursday, December 14 2017 9:37 PM EST2017-12-15 02:37:13 GMT

    CHENEY, Wash.- It's a simple wish for a big cause: giving the gift of joy and happiness to children. One Cheney man has made it his mission this Christmas to give to children in need. "I've always thought about doing something like this," said Andrew Graham. There are four boxes under his Christmas tree but it's not for his family. 

    CHENEY, Wash.- It's a simple wish for a big cause: giving the gift of joy and happiness to children. One Cheney man has made it his mission this Christmas to give to children in need. "I've always thought about doing something like this," said Andrew Graham. There are four boxes under his Christmas tree but it's not for his family. 

  • Neighborhood observation patrol volunteers keep an eye out to prevent crime

    Neighborhood observation patrol volunteers keep an eye out to prevent crime

    Thursday, December 14 2017 9:33 PM EST2017-12-15 02:33:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - As the weather gets colder, it’s important to keep an eye on your car as it’s warming up. There are some volunteers who are keeping an extra eye on it too as they patrol. Spokane COPS has a program called the neighborhood observation patrol. Volunteers patrol hot spots, make observations, and also work with the neighborhood conditions officer. But they also focus on how they can inform the public to be safer. “Especially this time of year folks leavi...

    SPOKANE, Wash. - As the weather gets colder, it’s important to keep an eye on your car as it’s warming up. There are some volunteers who are keeping an extra eye on it too as they patrol. Spokane COPS has a program called the neighborhood observation patrol. Volunteers patrol hot spots, make observations, and also work with the neighborhood conditions officer. But they also focus on how they can inform the public to be safer. “Especially this time of year folks leavi...

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.