Human Trafficking Is Happening In Communities Across Iowa
It is a crime that can occur behind closed doors, in plain sight, at a workplace and in any community.
The Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking created the "See It and Report It" initiative that supports new legislation to provide free HT prevention training and certification to the lodging industry. In the last two years, this effort has trained and certified nearly 600 lodging properties and more than 17,500 staff to identify and report human trafficking.
But all Iowans can play a part in stopping this crime. Our website - StopHTIowa.org - gives everyone the information, free training and anonymous reporting tool available on any device. With your help, we can immediately engage law enforcement to begin investigating and pursuing criminals.
Visit StopHTIowa.org and learn more today!
Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking:
Iowa Code section 80.45 establishes the Office to Combat Human Trafficking in the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The Office is housed within the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center. By statute, the Office provides several services:
Point of contact for activities to combat human trafficking in Iowa
Consult with others about human trafficking
Develop strategy to collect criminal history data about human trafficking
Develop strategy for information-sharing among government agencies
Apply for or assist other government agencies in seeking grants
Research and recommend training to assist other government agencies
Take other steps necessary to advance the purposes of the office
Submit a written report annually
DPS Annual Report to the Iowa General Assembly:
|Stephan K. Bayens||Commissioner, Iowa Department of Public Safety|
|Patrick Waymire||Assistant Director, Division of Intelligence & Fusion Center|
|Ray Fiedler||Coordinator, Office to Combat Human Trafficking|