Lancaster County DA on stopping human trafficking
Airdate: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Human trafficking is something that happens everywhere – even here in central Pennsylvania.
In 2020, there were more than 10 thousand situations of human trafficking identified across the country with almost 17 thousand victims of trafficking identified. These are numbers from the National Human Trafficking Hotline. There certainly are more.
Most who were trafficked were for sex.
The year 2020 was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when many places were closed, but recruiting for trafficking increased 120 percent on Facebook.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s office formed a County Human Trafficking Task Force earlier this year.
Last month it resulted in 14 arrests of men who answered an online advertisement and thought they would be paying for sex with prostitutes. It was a sting operation.
Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams is on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss the task force and trafficking.