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Bates News  |  01-18-23

Human Trafficking Prevention Month - January 2023

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January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, dedicated since 2010 to raising awareness about human trafficking and educating the public about how to identify and prevent it. This crime is facilitated by human smugglers, who victimize vulnerable individuals, often by making false promises related to immigration or employment.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a recent alert reminding financial institutions of the critical role they play in helping to fight human smuggling and human trafficking by identifying suspicious behavior and sharing crucial intelligence with law enforcement officials. The alert provides red flag indicators to help financial institutions better identify transactions potentially related to human smuggling and reminds financial institutions of their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reporting obligations.

Read the FinCEN Alert

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