Human trafficking: a comparison of Missouri local law enforcement preparedness methods
Sheldon, Natasha R.
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Since the 1990s, research and Federal policies to address human trafficking have accumulated throughout the years. A problem remains, however, in the measures local law enforcement use to address the issue. Previous research has shown that United States local law enforcement do not have an efficient level of preparedness to address the issue. Another study focused on Kansas local law enforcement and if they are currently prepared to address human trafficking. This thesis, based off the previous research, used survey and interview techniques on municipal police department and sheriff office administrators to examine if Missouri local law enforcement have an efficient amount of preparedness to address human trafficking. Based on various quantitative tests and qualitative analyses, the researcher concluded these law enforcement offices are aware of the issue, yet not properly trained to address the issue, unlike the previous research, which showed law enforcement offices lacking both awareness and training.