Human trafficking can take many forms, and the FBI describes it as a form of modern-day slavery where victims are often forced to work as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. Sometimes they are forced into prostitution. It is not believed to be rampant in this part of the country, but G. Cale Becker, Training Coordinator with the Madison County Sheriff's Department, says the first to see it may be people in the service industry.
Madison County hosted a training session yesterday in Edwardsville to familiarize local law enforcement with the issue. With the number of interstates running through the area, that may be another way to keep an eye out for those dealing in human trafficking, according to Becker.