The Overlapping Crisis: Cartels, Fentanyl and Sex Trafficking with Heidi Chance

    Oct 17, 2023

    1 in 3 runaways that are out on the streets will be solicited by a sex buyer, or engaged with a trafficker.

    In this revealing conversation, our guest Heidi Chance shares her powerful transition from a routine patrol officer, to an undercover detective focused on combating sex trafficking.  Heidi sheds light on the face-to-face encounters she's had with vulnerable juveniles, as well as their captors, and the heart-wrenching stories that lead her to take action.  You'll hear about the challenges of working with limited resources in a high-demand field, as she paints a vivid picture of the complexities and dangers involved in her work.  Heidi's passion for mitigating this crisis has led to the conception of A Chance for Awareness, a program that offers law enforcement training, as well as community sex trafficking awareness via her coaching, training and presentations. 

    In this episode, we will discuss: 

    • The pivotal role of technology, including the dark web and social media, in perpetuating the problem
    • The evolving dynamics of sex trafficking, including the disturbing trend of younger victims, both boys and girls
    • The tactics used by traffickers to control their victims, including substance addiction, and the interconnection between the opioid crisis and sex trafficking
    • Heidi's mission dedicated to raising awareness about sex trafficking and educating law enforcement officers on how to tackle these investigations effectively
    • The significance of community involvement, reporting, and Good Samaritan laws in combating sex trafficking



    Views expressed in this material are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

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    Michael W. Brown is the global director of counter-narcotics technology at Rigaku Analytical Devices. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 32 years as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Most recently he was the DEA Headquarters staff coordinator for the Office of Foreign Operations for the Middle East-Europe-Afghanistan-India. Prior to that he served as the country attaché in India and Myanmar providing foreign advisory support for counter narcotic enforcement. He also spent 10 years in Pakistan as a special advisor to the US Embassy on various law enforcement issues. Michael is a graduate of the United States Ranger Training Battalion and has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and Management from the University of Eastern Michigan.

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