The purpose of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking / Special Victims Unit (MBI HT / SVU) is to foster a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort among state agencies, service providers, first responders, local and federal law enforcement, local and federal prosecutors, and lawmakers to develop and implement a victim-centered, trauma-informed, offender-focused, sustainable, uniform protocol for identifying and effectively responding to incidents of all forms of human trafficking, and the crimes associated with human trafficking are presented for prosecution. The unit is comprised of the statewide human trafficking coordinator, a supervisory special agent, four regional human trafficking special agents, and a human trafficking intelligence analyst.
January 01, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Special Victims Unit
Data Collection Report Sources include the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Law Enforcement Officers, and MBI Agents. The total number of human trafficking reports for this period was 275 with 368 victims. Of these cases, 300 victims were reported as potential minors and 68 were reported as adults. The most common type of trafficking reported was familial trafficking with 102 cases reported. Familial sex trafficking is when family members give offenders sexual access to victims in person or via child pornography in exchange for something of value, i.e., money, drugs, rent, etc.
MBI initiated 255 investigations
368 potential victims within these investigations
20 individuals ARRESTED for a human trafficking-related incident(s)
10 child recoveries
For Emergencies, Dial 911
To report Child Sex or Labor Trafficking, Abuse, or Neglect - Contact Child Protection Services Phone: 1-888-222-8000
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking you can report to the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
Phone: 1-888-373-7888 | Text:BEFREE (233733)
(You have the option to remain anonymous)
To report all Human Trafficking cases in Mississippi Contact:
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator, Ashlee Lucas
Email: ReportHT@dps.ms.gov | Phone: 601-987-1671