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Lawmakers have increased penalties on sex traffickers in recent years where buying sex with a minor is a Class IB felony, which carries a prison sentence of 20 years to life. "I applaud Free2Hope for working to make a real and positive impact in the lives of human trafficking victims". They are going to have several internet safety classes to teach others about sex trafficking and what you can do to help victims. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, who also was on the call, said it could involve "hundreds of thousands" of people who come to the country for work and then are forced into slavery.

The video shows a series of men walking through daily activities in masquerade. There is no liability for reporting a suspicion and you can remain anonymous. Super Bowl Sunday, when women and children are sex trafficked at Super Bowl parties.

"I don't mind sending a message to them that this is an aggressive state", Peterson said.

Majarais and Wilson said ongoing education is key to strengthening the state's human trafficking policies.

Already, the Nebraska State Patrol has set up efforts to find traffickers across the state, said Superintendent Col. John Bolduc.

Meanwhile, the Larimer Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children High Risk Intervention Team will host its first annual Colorado Human Trafficking Symposium at Colorado State University on February 22, 2018. Victims are often coerced or tortured into performing sex acts.

Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk, speaker of the Legislature, said he almost passed on an opportunity to sponsor an anti-trafficking bill in 2015.

She says some of the red flags can include people who haven't received medical or dental care for many years and maybe severely underweight or malnourished.

Sen. Patty Pansing-Brooks has sponsored several anti-trafficking bills, including the one that increased penalties previous year. She said poverty and other factors also play a role.

Law enforcement will ramp up prosecutions of people who buy or attempt to buy children for sex in Nebraska this year following the passage of stricter penalties last year, Attorney General Doug Peterson said Thursday. The office has spent less than $500 on printing bumper stickers and posters. If you suspect human trafficking may be happening or you yourself are a victim, Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888, TTY 711 or TEXT 233733.

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