Police department in Florida trains firefighters to spot human trafficking at airport

  • Source: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
  • Published: 01/13/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: It was stepped up training for first responders as they learned to spot human trafficking at airports. Miami-Dade firefighters are helping combat a sad reality. “It does exist, it is a daily crime that is hidden right in our backyard,” said Jessica Barriel, of the Miami-Dade Police Department Human Trafficking Squad. MDPD trained the firefighters at a crucial place, the airport, Thursday. According to officials, 70% of victims are trafficked through airports. Miami International Airport is no exception. Florida ranks third in the U.S. in human trafficking cases reported, and Miami-Dade reported the most cases in the state. Recently, MDPD officers arrested a couple accused of recruiting and then traveling with a 17-year-old girl to solicit sex clients. They were caught at a Northwest Miami-Dade motel. In December, a man, Monriko Clements, who also goes by a rapper name, King Swuice, was arrested, accused of bringing a young woman to Miami to sell her body.


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