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What’s being done about it in Lafayette?


A Motel sign is illuminated in the darkness, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 in West Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A girl sitting alone in car outside of a hotel might be an innocent case of a teen waiting on mom and dad to check in. It also might be a sign of human trafficking.

“One of the biggest things we look for in law enforcement is people in hotels that are just sitting there, not engaged in any activity — kind of a waiting situation,” Lafayette police Sgt. Dan Long said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean anything’s going on.”

It doesn’t mean there’s not something going on, either. It is an opportunity for officers to stop and ask if everything’s OK.

On Oct. 13, a girl sitting alone in a car was a victim of human trafficking whom Lafayette police rescued. Her accused pimp, James Williams, 33, of Decatur, Illinois, remains incarcerated on charges of child sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.


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