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Human Trafficking Discussed During Conference

Last updated on Monday, March 5, 2007

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Local, state, and federal officials converged on the IUPUI campus recently to discuss what federal officials say is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in this country - human trafficking.

U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks says its merely a form of modern day slavery, with people holding others captive and shipping them all over the world. Brooks says the goal of the conference was to raise awareness to human trafficking and how it can be prosecuted in the U.S. She says, "there needs to be more outrage about this."

Federal laws currently are very tough on those convicted of human trafficking, with a D.C. area man recently getting a life sentence in prison, after being convicted of being a "pimp."

Brooks likens human trafficking to domestic violence, as another "invisible crime," or a crime people don't necessarily think about often. Brooks says between 18 and 20,000 people are trafficked against their wills in this country every year.

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