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Police catch kidnap suspect after monthlong human trafficking investigation

Jason Winshell, SF Public Press — Jan 9 2012 - 2:31pm

UPDATE 3/14/12: Charges against Trammell were dropped.

The arrest last week of a suspect in a violent San Francisco kidnapping capped a monthlong investigation headed by human trafficking and domestic violence officers from the Police Department’s revamped special victims unit. The case, police officials said, is one of the first fruits of a new collaborative approach emphasizing long-term investigations by officers across disciplines. The pursuit involved human trafficking investigators, who as recently as last summer were instead focusing much of their energy on arresting prostitutes on the street, leading some critics to say their efforts were counterproductive because they punished abuse victims.

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