The new law, House Bill 1246, also affects local law enforcement.
They say it gives them an opportunity to increase awareness of the issue to the public. JPD’s Capt. Trevor Duncan says Joplin is a hub between several big cities so they know human trafficking is something people should note.
“As law enforcement, we go through training on how to spot possible victims of human trafficking and how to interact with them. When the public gets involved they see a younger person or person with an adult that something doesn’t add up, the interaction doesn’t seem right, that’s when we start getting phone calls,” says Capt. Trevor Duncan.
Duncan adds they encourage the public to call law enforcement if they see anything suspicious.