MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office opened its doors to any local law enforcement officer for a human trafficking training.
They had the supervisor of the Portland Police Bureau’s human trafficking unit on site. Sgt. Mike Geiger spent a few hours reviewing how human trafficking is viewed, the traditional terms used, and other misconceptions regarding it. Portland’s donned the name “Porn-land” because of its sex trade. Police there have seen a lot of cases coming from California but several in Medford.
“The merger of technology with anonymity. What I mean by that, is people can just go on the internet and they can order up on a child. So, where there is demand? There will be trafficking,” explained Sgt. Geiger.
Geiger also focused on recognizing prostitutes as victims and pimps, as trafficking perpetrators.