DHS chief says arresting parents may quell human trafficking

AP News
|
Posted: Jul 20, 2017 10:45 PM
DHS chief says arresting parents may quell human trafficking

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says prosecuting parents who pay traffickers to illegally bring their children across the U.S. border will hopefully quell human trafficking.

Kelly said Thursday that anyone who helps a human trafficking network, including parents, should be arrested and prosecuted.

He says he believes it will help deter trafficking.

Kelly says traffickers use an "incredibly dangerous network" and have abandoned children alone in deserts.

He says the majority of human trafficking arrests are of people who are helping to smuggle undocumented immigrants across the U.S. border.

___

Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .