New Jersey’s Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi told residents, businesses and church-based groups at an anti-human trafficking workshop that they need to be “the eyes and ears” for law enforcement to help combat human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution in Morris County. Bianchi said church- and faith-based groups could also provide a valuable service to the community by serving as a safe haven for victims of human trafficking but added that “it’s very important not to pass judgement” on victims.
The challenge, Bianchi said, is that police typically receive the least amount of law enforcement training about how to identify and combat human trafficking and how to get victims to trust them, especially in immigrant communities which are typically wary of police. Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood, recently introduced a bill into the legislature focused on human trafficking, which would create a 15-member commission as well as add offenses, upgrade penalties, increase protection for victims, require training for law enforcement officers and broaden public awareness of the issue.
Learn more at Justin Zeremba’s NJ.com article: Morris County prosecutor: Law enforcement needs the community’s help to fight human trafficking.