FBI AGENT GUEST SPEAKER AT ROTARY LUNCHEON

An FBI agent was the fea­tured speaker at the Defiance’s Rotary meet­ing on Mon­day.

Agent Dave Dustin — based in the FBI’s Toledo office — spoke for about 15 min­utes at the weekly lun­cheon.

Dustin said agents locally focus pri­mar­ily on duties such as com­bat­ing child pros­ti­tu­tion, child pornog­ra­phy and gang activ­i­ties.

Specif­i­cally, Dustin detailed efforts of an FBI task force to com­bat crimes related to child pros­ti­tu­tion and child pornog­ra­phy. The task force was formed in the last decade due to a prob­lem that cen­tered around a huge truck stop in Har­ris­burg, Pa.

Accord­ing to Dustin, an inves­ti­ga­tion revealed that 18–20 pimps con­nected to child pros­ti­tu­tion there were from Toledo, while 70 of the 100 juve­niles involved were from north­west Ohio, mostly the Toledo area.

The task force also worked with the Ohio Gen­eral Assem­bly on Sen­ate Bill 235, he indi­cated, to address human traf­fick­ing in Ohio.

Dustin told Rotar­i­ans that when he came to the FBI in the early 1990s, the agency was look­ing for lawyers — of which he is one — and accoun­tants. Now, he said, com­puter sci­en­tists and engi­neers are more in demand.

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