Jim Cole has been working in child exploitation and human trafficking investigations for almost two decades. During this time, he has seen firsthand the scale of the problem and the challenges that law enforcement agencies face in addressing this issue.
One of the biggest challenges that Jim sees is the sheer scale of the problem. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), over 377 million images and files related to child sexual exploitation cases have been submitted to them since 2002. Last year alone, NCMEC received over 89 million. With such a vast amount of data to sift through, it’s clear that law enforcement agencies need more resources to tackle the issue effectively.
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that involves the exploitation of individuals for profit. It is a global problem that affects millions of people, particularly women and children. Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, and exploitation of individuals through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. It is a crime that violates the human rights and dignity of its victims, leaving them with physical, psychological, and emotional scars.
Human trafficking and child exploitation are two of the most under-investigated and under-prosecuted crimes in our country. This tragic reality is not the result of apathy, but rather a profound lack of funding, resources, and political will combined with the general public’s misapprehension that these crimes are, in fact, being adequately addressed by their local […]