Mannequins help show signs of human trafficking

Artist in residence Jacqueline Baerwald with the Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force is pictured with two training mannequins she designed that show common physical signs of human trafficking, including rope burns, needle tracks and bruising.

It’s hard to spot human trafficking victims if you don’t know what to look for.

That’s why the Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force recently unveiled two training mannequins that exhibit common physical signs of human trafficking, including bruising, rope burns and possessive tattoos, said Cathy Knauf, a founding member of the organization.