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The Prison Pipeline: Helping Trafficking Victims Requires Officer Training, Legal Support

By Larson Binzer

In too many cases, human trafficking victims are wrongly accused and charged with engaging in prostitution. To stop this from happening, correctional officers must be trained to recognize signs of trafficking and victims need to be provided with proper legal support. Find out more about the assistance that is available and what more is needed to help victims.

Combatting Human Trafficking Networks within Prison Walls

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

For years, John Meekins* heard inmates talk about how they had been prostituted and held captive by pimps. As a corrections officer, he often considered it part of the lifestyle of many drug abusers, but it wasn’t until he attended a conference on human trafficking that he quickly realized many of these inmates were likely victims of human trafficking—and that he had done nothing to stop it.