Ledger Enquirer addresses DMST in Columbus

From left, Bobbi Starr, executive director of Micah’s Promise, and Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick, sit in front of a statute at the Public Safety Building. Both women are working to combat sex trafficking in Columbus.  ALVA JAMES-JOHNSON AJJOHNSON@LEDGER-ENQUIRER.COM

From left, Bobbi Starr, executive director of Micah’s Promise, and Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick, sit in front of a statute at the Public Safety Building. Both women are working to combat sex trafficking in Columbus. ALVA JAMES-JOHNSON AJJOHNSON@LEDGER-ENQUIRER.COM

Micah’s Promise proactively seeks opportunities to work collaboratively with others enlisted in the same fight. Columbus Police Department Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick and Bobbi Starr were interviewed by the Columbus Ledger Enquirer about the growing concern of domestic minor sex trafficking in Columbus, Ga.

Dent-Fitzpatrick said she couldn’t provide statistics on how many cases her department has handled over the past 12 months because the CPD is transitioning to a new system. However, she said it’s a growing problem in the community and the Columbus Police Sex Crime/Special Victims Unit has ramped up its response.

The unit was recently recognized by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for making the most cyber arrests (10 in one quarter) in Georgia.

She said the unit is getting the necessary training to adapt to technology that has made sex crimes more prevalent.
— Alva James-Johnson, Ledger-Enquirer

Read the full article on the Ledger-Enquirer here: Sex trafficking of minors a growing concern in Columbus