Tempe city employees to undergo training to spot human trafficking victims

Jan 12, 2023, 4:15 AM

(AP Photo, Jae C. Hong, File)...

(AP Photo, Jae C. Hong, File)

(AP Photo, Jae C. Hong, File)

PHOENIX – City of Tempe employees will begin training in how to spot signs of human trafficking this week, officials announced Wednesday.

The Phoenix suburb is working to become Arizona’s second Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation network city, joining Scottsdale.

“CEASE AZ Human Trafficking 101 training will help to equip our employees so they provide more boots on the ground here in Arizona to stop human trafficking,” Velicia Humes, Tempe’s chief diversity officer, said in a press release.

Training coincides with January being Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Trafficking, the city said, affects 25 million children and adults around the world who have been forced into labor or prostitution.

Over 1,600 Tempe workers will be instructed in the signs of human trafficking, which can include someone who:

• Avoids eye contact and social interaction
• Regularly works excessively long hours
• Lives at their place of employment
• Shows signs of physical injuries and abuse
• Isn’t allowed to go into public alone or speak for themselves

Other notable signs are small children who are working and measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment.

Tempe’s crisis response team provides 24/7 resources and services to trafficking victims as part of 911 calls.

Anyone who thinks they have seen someone who may be a victim can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Bipartisan state budget of $16 billion passes in Arizona Legislature...

Weekend Wrap: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from June 14-16

From Arizona lawmakers passing a controversial bipartisan state budget to a fire blazing north of Fountain Hills, here are some of the biggest news stories in the Valley over the weekend.

56 minutes ago

A man is dead after he was shot overnight in north phoenix....

Parking dispute leaves Phoenix man dead in overnight shooting

A man is dead after he was shot overnight in north Phoenix.

1 hour ago

A 2-year-old girl died after falling into a backyard pool in Phoenix....

2-year-old girl found dead in Phoenix backyard pool

Detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was found in a backyard pool on Saturday in Phoenix.

3 hours ago

Firefighting crews are battling the Riverside Fire north of Fountain Hills. (Tonto National Forest ...

Bartlett Lake recreational areas north of Fountain Hills evacuated for Riverside Fire

The recreational areas near Bartlett Lake have been evacuated as firefighters battle the Riverside Fire north of Fountain Hills.

4 hours ago

A 2-year-old boy died after he was found in a backyard jacuzzi Saturday. (Pixabay photo)...

2-year-old boy found in west Phoenix jacuzzi dies

Detectives are investigating the death of a two-year-old boy who was found in a backyard jacuzzi on Saturday in west Phoenix.

5 hours ago

State's new budget a sore spot for attorney general - Here's why...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona AG ‘extremely disappointed’ with state budget cuts to opioid settlement funds

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes released a statement saying she is "extremely disappointed" with the state's new budget on Saturday.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Tempe city employees to undergo training to spot human trafficking victims