Human trafficking victim found during traffic stop in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police officers said they found a victim of human trafficking during a traffic stop on Eau Claire's north side.

The stop happened after 3 a.m. Monday, February 12 at the intersection of Hastings Way and Birch Street.

Officer Bridget Coit with Eau Claire PD could not say what tipped officers off to possible human trafficking, except to say the department is trained to detect its signs and symptoms.

It's unclear if this case involves an adult or a child or labor or sex trafficking.

Coit credits work from multiple agencies in keeping authorities alert to the presence of human trafficking.

"It's not just saying at the administrative level that this is important topic in our community. It's also transitioning all the way down to kind of our street-level approach and how we patrol our neighborhood in our district and making sure that our officers are paying attention to that problem," said Officer Bridget Coit.

Officer Coit said the case is in the early stages and could not say what agencies are all involved in the investigation.

There were 50 cases of human trafficking from Wisconsin reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in 2015.