Tuesday, January 15, 2013

UCR To Track Human Trafficking Numbers

The FBI released their preliminary Uniform Crime Report numbers for the first half of 2012 (January - June). There were a couple of interesting bits in the press release. One is that all three property crime categories showed an uptick, that is burglary, larceny and auto theft. The other interesting bit in the press release was this:
On the heels of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month this January, our UCR program will begin collecting human trafficking data this year in two categories—commercial sex acts and involuntary servitude. The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 requires the data collection, and with input from our law enforcement partners, the UCR program began developing specific definitions and data collection guidelines for these offenses. Stay tuned for more details on implementation.
Via Federal Bureau of Investigation 
In order to know the scope of a problem, you have to come up with an accurate assessment of the problem. Collecting crime stats on human trafficking is just the beginning.

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