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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2019 Lesson 02: Human Trafficking Investigations - Part 1


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This is Part 1 of a two-part online course on Human Trafficking Investigations. 

Section 1 addresses the dynamics and significance of human trafficking. It explains that human trafficking falls into two basic categories and explains the difference between them. It identifies the prevalence of human trafficking in the United States and provides examples of cases from the Midwest. It further identifies populations that are vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking and describes how traffickers control victims.

Section two describes sex trafficking and provides an explanation of the various subtypes of sex trafficking. It explains how children may become sex trafficking victims and how traffickers control sex trafficking victims. 

Section three describes labor trafficking and explains the various subtypes of labor trafficking, including how traffickers recruit and control victims.

Section four identifies the many reasons why victims may not leave their traffickers or cooperate with law enforcement officials. It further explains how trauma can affect victims.

Section five identifies common misconceptions about human trafficking and explains why those misconceptions are inaccurate.

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