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Can you recognize signs or indicators of human trafficking? Are you familiar with the procedures for reporting suspected traffickers?

The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General is using an online survey with these and other questions about human trafficking to help gauge awareness and potentially direct future training programs.

The DOD’s attention to the issue culminated in last month’s efforts to make servicemembers aware of an order signed by President Bush in October that changed the Uniform Code of Military Justice to make soliciting a prostitute a punishable offense.

In November, Deputy Inspector General L. Jerry Hansen sent a notice to the military services saying his office would start evaluating the effectiveness of DOD efforts to determine whether directives, training and laws were sufficient to fight the problem.

The IG office of Inspections and Evaluations in Washington created the survey to help with that evaluation.

U.S. Army Pacific recently sent a memo to its commands asking for participation.

When the survey is closed in March, the IG’s office will use the results to decide whether enough training is being done and on the appropriate content, according to the test Web site.

The Department of Defense also has created online training programs that some services and commands, including the Department of the Navy, have begun requiring servicemembers and civilians to take.

The IG survey is voluntary and anonymous. Its creators have asked all servicemembers, civilians and contractors to take it. None of the information or answers can be used to identify the survey-takers.

It includes about 20 mostly yes-or-no questions and should take a few minutes to complete.

Servicemembers are authorized to use government computers to take the survey, which will be online through March.

For information on trafficking in people, visit www.state.gov/g/tip/c16482.htm.

To take the survey online, visit: www.dodig.mil/tip%20survey/survey.htm.

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