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December 16, 2009 10:15 PM

Experts offer ideas to address trafficking

The Kansas City Star asked top human trafficking experts across the country to identify ways to improve America’s anti-slavery efforts at home. Their responses are edited for length.

Bradley Schlozman

, former principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and interim U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri; now in private practice in Wichita: “The exploitation of individuals in abusive work settings is, by design, a hidden crime. Thus, from a law enforcement perspective, there is perhaps no more effective method for combating the scourge of human trafficking than the establishment of dedicated, proactive units that share intelligence and work collaboratively across jurisdictional lines. This means assigning a cadre of prosecutors and agents who can master the mechanisms of recruitment, transportation, exploitation, and intimidation that impede victims from coming forward.

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