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Hidden Crimes: From the eyes of a trooper

PEORIA, Ill. — Trooper Zachary Heard with the Illinois State Police said human trafficking is something that he has come across in his career.

He said when he went through the academy, there were no classes dedicated to human trafficking, but now there is a law that requires training of investigations for trafficking for Illinois State Troopers. Heard said he received additional training from Truckers Against Trafficking.

“It was impactful on me because along with the deputy director of the program, a survivor is brought along. That personal account, just the unique inside knowledge that a survivor has is invaluable for us,” Heard said.

Heard said after that experience, he has been trying to get more training to field officers on the subject.

Finding victims of human trafficking takes active policing, according to Heard.

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