Category: Iowa

How to spot and stop a human trafficking event

Des Moines has been ranked in the top 100 cities as a human trafficking cite…Last year, the Altoona PD trained all their law enforcement and first responders on how to spot it. Detective Harmon says that parents should know what is on their child’s cell phone at all times. He explains that most kids, ages 14 to 16, get picked up after meeting someone on the internet and through apps.

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Police: Des Moines man threatened to kill witness in human trafficking case

The accused took the victim to a truck stop in Altoona, Iowa with the intention of soliciting her for prostitution, police said. The victim told Nelson she did not want to prostitute; Nelson then fired gunshots into the air, according to a criminal complaint. The accused and the victim approached a person at the gas station to solicit sex; that person later called the police.

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