Internet dating and human trafficking
The Fresno Bee report claims that the sex trade is "now more lucrative than selling drugs for Fresno's violent criminal street gangs." The Fresno Police Department combats human trafficking with a "three-pronged approach": rescue victims, arrest traffickers and stem demand.
Nebraska urges foster guardians, instead of the state agency, to directly file missing children reports with police.
Concerns over unaccounted-for children aren’t new, but they’re receiving fresh attention amid heightened awareness of child sex trafficking.
State and federal efforts are under way to streamline how police are alerted when kids go missing.
In a transient child welfare system, it’s a challenge for states to keep perfect track of children under their care.
Many run away repeatedly but return on their own, giving guardians little incentive to report them missing each time.