Women have a large role in trafficking people. A majority people arrested for trafficking were female in a third of the nations surveyed by the UN. This is unexpected because females are also more often victims of human trafficking (35 ).
Washington state was the first state make human trafficking a crime, but the law has not resulted in a single arrest. The biggest impediment to enforcement has been police and prosecutors don't recognize victims of human trafficking when they come across them. Instead they see them as victims of other crimes. Other problem are witnesses are easily intimated and the law required proof of "force, fraud or coercion," ( 36 ).
"Transitions Global" shelter helps female victims of human trafficking. They have counselors, therapists and doctors. Vocational training is also offered there to help transition back into society. James Pond, director said "It's not a correctional environment. It's really more of a home shelter, where the girls will have a fairly normal life, but it's a secure facility as far as keeping bad guys out,". 70 percent of the girls who enter this program successfully reenter society(37 ).
A report was critical of rescue raids as a way to stop human trafficking, in fact these raids could be counter productive. It was found that these raids can further traumatize the victims and make the victims more unlikely they them seek help. the report related the experience of one person , "[She] was pulled out of a trafficking situation in such a way that she will never trust law enforcement or government and barely trusts me or her case worker." (38 ).