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Selling people more profitable than selling drugs

Tonight on Local 4 News at 11, human trafficking hiding in plain sight

DETROITTonight on Local 4 News at 11, The Defenders reveal human trafficking that's hiding in plain sight. These crimes can lurk in our neighborhoods, businesses we frequent, even in parks. Investigators want you to know the sign to help stop this crime from spreading.

It’s more than just sex trafficking. It's also forced labor. And the bad guys selling these people are making more money than some drug dealers.

“It’s male, female, it’s the elderly, it’s the young,” said Homeland Security Special Agent Rodney Riggs. “Every industry’s vulnerable to it.”

Special agents are fighting back. “We rescued a lot of victims and arrested a lot of bad guys,” Riggs said.

Experts say that citizens can be of great use in stopping sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude. The first step is to educate yourself about the problem. And remember, if you think someone is in danger, call 9-1-1, don't intervene yourself.