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Resource ID: #26467
Subject: Human Rights
Source: WSLS-TV (Roanoke, Va.)
Date: 2024-05-28



We found a case of human trafficking that led to charges and changes after we exposed communication issues across local and national agencies and a lack of training and resources. In the first story, we talked to Roanoke County Police Officers who stopped a man driving a mini-van of 16 people, stacked on top of each other. Once stopped, police identified it as a human trafficking case but had to let them all get back in the van and drive away because U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) wasn't available to assist them and they say since the words “human trafficking” are not in Virginia law there were not any laws to arrest the man driving and help the victims. We continued to follow this story for the next six months talking to lawmakers, state and federal agencies who told us our story revealed breakdowns and weaknesses that have since been fixed.

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