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Officials warn to be on the lookout for human trafficking

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – As many people prepare to hit the road this summer, officials want people to stay on alert for human trafficking.

The Department of Homeland Security said that while thousands of reports of human trafficking will come in this  year, there are many that will go unnoticed.

Kevin Killpack, Sargent for the Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement said that there are many hot spots for human trafficking aside from truck stops and gas stations.

“Because we’re finding that one of the number one ways for a trafficker to transport their victims across the state or across the country is on public transit,” said Killpack.

Dubuque County Sheriff, Joe Kennedy, said that people should always remain aware for suspicious activity in these areas.

“I think that if people keep their wits about them, just like they would anywhere else, I think they should be fine,” said Kennedy.

Killpack and Truckers Against Driving highlighted some key signs to look out for if you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking. They include someone being completely unaware of their surroundings and being too afraid to make contact with another person.

“You may hear some CV chatter about a commercial company in the area. Commercial company is basically code word for human trafficking.”

 

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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