Baton Rouge company develops courses to help police fight human trafficking

Baton Rouge company develops courses to help police fight human trafficking

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, Learning Services Corporation has developed a series of courses and software for the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. The courses are designed to teach law enforcement officials how to connect with human trafficking victims.

"The use of mobile technologies to drive learning content has greatly enhanced our ability to reach all peach officers more efficiently, while growing awareness and knowledge in the investigation and enforcement of this horrific crime," says Bob Wertz, training manager for the Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Council.

The Baton Rouge Business Report also says the POST Council worked alongside the Louisiana Department of Justice and the Attorney General's Office to develop the courses.

The courses cover information about current state and federal laws on human trafficking.

According to Shared Hope International, an organization that aims to combat human trafficking, says Louisiana has some of the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to human trafficking. The state earned an A with the organization in 2015, with a score of 99.5 out of 102.5.

Twenty two cases of human trafficking have been found in Louisiana according to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Sixteen of those were reported via hotline.

On June 21, two arrests were made in Baton Rouge and a 15-year-old girl was rescued from a human trafficking situation. Jennifer Anselmo, 22, and Udraka Moab Roberts Bey, 25, were both arrested on several counts of human trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

"A number of organizations and the state have done a good job with campaigns to create awareness for the general public about the issue of human trafficking. Our eLearning program complements these efforts helping law enforcement better understand the intricacies of this crime and effect on victims," says Peter Ranzino, president of Learning Sciences Corporation.

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