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Billboard campaign highlights southern Nevada's human trafficking problem

Date: November 05, 2013

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That's the message plastered across Valley billboards, part of a new campaign to fight human trafficking kicked off Monday by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
"Is someone controlling you?"

That's the message plastered across Valley billboards, part of a new campaign to fight human trafficking kicked off Monday by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

"We have a sex trafficking problem, not only for adults, but minors. Last year, there were over 110 children who were victims of sex trafficking," Cortez Masto said.

Cortez Masto said that 106 cases of sex trafficking have been reported in southern Nevada in 2013 alone. Trafficking includes cases of slave labor as well.

"What I'm talking about is slave labor, domestic services or forcing someone to work in a restaurant," Cortez Masto said.

Currently, four billboards display the message in southern Nevada.

"We have great law enforcement tools on the books now to go after the perpetrators and help the victims, but we still need to do more," Cortez Masto said. "We need to do an awareness campaign and highlight the issue."

Since 2012, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline has received nearly 21,000 calls, 174 of which came from Nevada, with 106 originating in Las Vegas.

In January, the ads will extend to six billboards.

On Wednesday, the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force will host its annual conference.

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http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/23823831/billboard-campaing-highlights-southern-nevadas-human-trafficking-problem

 

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