National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Daniels pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges last May and was sentenced in November to 15 years in prison.

Although January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the FBI takes a collaborative, victim-centered approach to its trafficking cases every day of the year. Both of those elements were clear in this investigation.

“The most instrumental part of these cases are the local officers,” Berthay said. “They are the foot soldiers who recognize trafficking and make sure we can gather crucial evidence right away.”

In the Mississippi case, the teenage victim was offered counseling and other resources by the FBI’s victim specialists, as is customary for trafficking victims.

“I kept in touch with the victim and her mother throughout the process,” Carwile said. “Victim services has been with her, and she’s had the opportunity to go through some counseling. In this case, as is with a lot of these cases, it’s an ongoing process to help these women and children move forward with their lives.”