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Human Trafficking in Narcotics Investigations

Human Trafficking in Narcotics Investigations

  • Winchester, VA
  • Blacksburg, VA

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in collaboration with the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is pleased to announce “Human Trafficking in Narcotics Investigations” training presented by Hope for Justice Learning Academy. 


There are an estimated 50 million human trafficking victims worldwide. In the United States alone, 400 thousand people are exploited through either sex trafficking or labor trafficking. In 2021, these traffickers earned approximately $150 billion dollars, more than any fortune 500 company including Apple, Amazon, Disney, General Motors and Ford. What does human trafficking have to do with narcotics trafficking, and how can taking this training help my narcotics investigations? This training is the same course that we provide to the DEA, US State Department and numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the US. It is Human Trafficking in Narcotics Investigations, and it covers the direct correlation between human trafficking and all levels of narcotics investigations, from street level to transnational trafficking. In this course we will cover:

  • What is human trafficking

  • The differences between human trafficking and human smuggling

  • How traffickers select and groom their victims

  • How narcotics are related to human trafficking

  • How and why the Mexican drug cartels have expanded into human trafficking and human smuggling

  • How to recognize the signs of human trafficking

  • What to do when you encounter a human trafficking victim; Proactive and reactive investigative steps to further your investigation

  • How to investigate human trafficking-What to do when on the scene; Device interrogation; Electronic exploitation; OSINT resources.

  • What to ask for in your court orders; Means of relief for victims, and who to contact for referrals and assistance.

Who should attend

This training is only open to sworn law enforcement officers. 

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit (PIC) for Virginia law enforcement officers will be available for this course.  


There is no cost to attend this training, however pre-registration is required.  


  • Fill in the HOTT Online Application and select Complete Registration

Travel, Lodging and Meals

Participants are responsible for their transportation and lodging arrangements and expenses.

Training Time and Details

  • Check in will begin at 7:30 a.m.

  • Course will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


For More Information, Contact:

Josh Butts
Email Josh