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Rescuing a Minor From Her Violent Trafficker

BENEFITS

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Investigative lead 

provided in 

15 seconds

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Uncovered information that would not have been found using traditional investigative means

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Minor rescued from her 

trafficker and she’s in the 

trauma recovery process

PROBLEM

VICTIMS OFTEN REMAIN UNIDENTIFIED BEFORE THEY ARE MOVED TO THEIR NEXT CITY

The Reno Police Department only had a few days to identify and save a child sexual exploitation victim before she left the city.

 

The Police Department’s Human Exploitation and Traffic Unit monitors online prostitution ads to try to identify human trafficking victims. One ad in particular raised concern in the eyes of a police investigator since the individual appeared to be a minor yet had facial tattoos — an unusual combination.

 

The investigator wanted to recover the victim from her trafficker before she moved from Reno to other major cities, but had no way to identify her. Online ads do not use real names, and even the phone numbers are usually VoIP numbers that the police cannot associate with a known individual. Failure to rescue the victim while in Reno would expose the child to continued danger and possibly undermine established leads.

“She could have left town to the next city and we would not have been able to recover her.”

SOLUTION

QUICKLY IDENTIFYING A VICTIM