Thank you to the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Trafficking for a good discussion last night (9/6/2022).
One of their questions was: why are human trafficking cases considered "hard" cases to prosecute? And why do they often result in light sentences?
Trafficking cases do take work to properly prosecute. Witnesses may be transient, non-English speakers, and unwilling to come forward. Investigations can involve a lot of work too, and numerous subpoenas and search warrants to gather evidence.
When witnesses and law enforcement have done their part, the County Attorney's Office has to be willing to properly prosecute those cases. Nothing is more disheartening for a victim or a police officer than seeing a perfunctory plea, or even a dismissal, of a case that they have put their heart and soul into.
Prosecuting those cases, and sexual abuse cases generally, requires dedication and expertise. I want the Dubuque County Attorney's Office to be the best in the state at bringing those cases to a just conclusion.
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