Determined prosecutor combats trafficking with novel tactics – KansasCity.com.
Last August, Linda Smith, president of Shared Hope International, praised Cordes as a “pioneer” for using a federal human-trafficking law to prosecute customers who allegedly tried to pay for sex with children.
Since then, at least five other U.S. attorney’s offices, from Virginia to Alabama, have prosecuted other defendants using Cordes’ aggressive approach, Smith noted.
“I hope if anything can be learned from our task force’s success, it is that human trafficking can be anywhere in the United States,” Cordes said. “Human traffickers are the most successful when they target the most meek and weak in our community.”