(AP) According to Alaska State Troopers, cases of human trafficking can be seen all over the state, and can reach anyone regardless of age, race or gender.
A suspect involved in human trafficking might be based in one geographic area, but their circle of influence can reach around the state, and even outside of Alaska. It is also common for trafficking victims to travel outside of their immediate geographic location.
The demographics of victims are spread across the board, and can include Alaska Natives, African–Americans, Caucasians, Asian–Americans and Pacific Islanders. State Troopers have also seen victims that range in age from 15 to 59, with the majority of sex trafficking victims being women.
While it's possible that some are forced into this lifestyle, others reportedly begin their participation by choice.
Within the Alaska State Troopers, the 'Alaska Bureau of Investigation – Special Crimes Investigation Unit' is primarily responsible for handling cases of sex trafficking, and other human trafficking.