Patrol officers are trained to spot drunken driving and drug trafficking. Why not child trafficking, too?
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Washington Post
Posted: March 12th, 2018
When Deputy Patrick Paquette pulled to a stop on Interstate 20 in Georgia in January 2013, he didnt anticipate a career-altering experience. A young man and a far younger girl ... had been detained by an officer who had pulled them over for speeding, smelled pot and discovered a bag of marijuana. Inside [the girls suitcase, Paquette] discovered ... dozens of condoms, lubricant, sex toys and a small pile of lingerie. The girl and the man, Johnathon Nathaniel Kelly, were still separated. Kelly could not see or hear the girl. But Paquette ... kept his voice low. Do you need help? he asked. Sir, she said, please get me some help, and began to cry. Paquette uncuffed her, loaded her into the car and drove her to the station for an interview with a specialist in sex crimes. The girl, Rebecca ... sobbed. Ive been praying, she told him, every second I could, to be rescued. Kelly was arrested and later sentenced to 11 years for interstate transportation of a minor for prostitution. If Rebecca had encountered Paquette just months earlier, she would have been arrested. But Paquette had recently taken a Texas-based training program, called Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC), which taught him how to spot indicators of child-sex trafficking. Before the creation of IPC training, Texas DPS kept no record of child rescues. But Texas state troopers have made 341 such rescues since the programs inception; and in formalized follow-up interviews, virtually all of the troopers said the training was key to spurring them to action.
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