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Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

Legislators hear victim-centered approach to human trafficking

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday took extensive testimony on a series of bills aimed at addressing the issue of human trafficking in the state. Many took on a victim-centered approach as advocated by the state's attorney general, Wayne Stenehjem.

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U.S. senators team up to battle human trafficking

U.S. senators team up to battle human trafficking

WASHINGTON — As local police chiefs and sheriffs gathered in Minot to discuss increased crime in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp interjected when one cited a spike in prostitution.

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Many say education about human trafficking must be a priority

Many say education about human trafficking must be a priority

As a truck driver more than 20 years ago, Larry Medhurst traveled at times with other truckers who wanted to stop by a brothel in Nevada if they were passing through the area.

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N.D. to consider new trafficking law, more funding for enforcement

N.D. to consider new trafficking law, more funding for enforcement

Plans to invest in law enforcement and strengthen human trafficking laws appear to have support as North Dakota’s legislative session begins this week, although proposals to expand victim services still lack the promise of funding.

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Moving on from prostitution is riddled with challenges

Moving on from prostitution is riddled with challenges

Rowena Mathews threw herself a two-day party when she turned 30 last summer, soaking up every minute of fun at a lakeside barbecue.

January 11, 2015 6:25 am Photos

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Dakotas lack shelter, funding for trafficking victims

Dakotas lack shelter, funding for trafficking victims

You identify a young woman, a girl maybe, lured or coerced into a life of sex for money in the hard, scrambling towns of the North Dakota oil boom. You see her, reach her, offer her hope for something better, and she says yes, please, help me.

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Agents who conduct sex stings say no shortage of willing buyers

Agents who conduct sex stings say no shortage of willing buyers

Ding. The arrival of texts and emails sounds repeatedly from phones and laptops in this bustling suite on the fourth floor of one of Bismarck’s nicer hotels.

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After pointing gun at son, Jenny begins to mend relationships

After pointing gun at son, Jenny begins to mend relationships

Jenny Gaines’ mother remembers a child who organized neighborhood activities, got involved in acrobatics and theater and did homework with “Little House on the Prairie” on TV in the background.

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S.D. leads nation with most life terms for trafficking

S.D. leads nation with most life terms for trafficking

Since 2009, prosecutions through the office of Brendan Johnson, U.S. attorney for South Dakota, have put three traffickers in prison for life — the most of any federal district.

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N.D. seeks to decriminalize prostitution for minors

N.D. seeks to decriminalize prostitution for minors

Juveniles who engage in commercial sex in North Dakota would be considered victims and not face punishment under a new bill drafted for introduction at the 2015 state Legislature.

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Training underway to help employees, the public detect signs of sex trafficking

Training underway to help employees, the public detect signs of sex trafficking

A young woman tells domestic violence advocates she feels trapped with an older man. He’s the only person who can inject her with the heroin to which she’s addicted.

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‘Nobody likes a prostitute’: Drugs, violence part of “the life”

‘Nobody likes a prostitute’: Drugs, violence part of “the life”

The seed for prostitution was planted before Jenny Gaines met “Alexander,” her first pimp, at an arcade in downtown Minneapolis.

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Native Americans ‘hugely at risk’ of sex trafficking

Native Americans ‘hugely at risk’ of sex trafficking

NEW TOWN, N.D. — As the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation reels from the impacts of producing a third of North Dakota’s oil, the reservation must add human trafficking to its list of increasing hazards.

January 06, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Manipulation and threats from pimps keep victims in the life of prostitution unwillingly

Manipulation and threats from pimps keep victims in the life of prostitution unwillingly

It was the early 1980s, and the evolving Block E of downtown Minneapolis had life, with hustlers and prostitutes interspersed with the suit-and-tie crowd that spilled out of skyscrapers at 5 o’clock.

January 06, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Demand for sex is high in the Bakken

Demand for sex is high in the Bakken

Seven men — some enraged, some embarrassed, some ashamed — crowd holding cells in the jail just across the interstate from the Best Western hotel in Dickinson, N.D.

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When a Minnesota girl goes missing, police check North Dakota

When a Minnesota girl goes missing, police check North Dakota

In the Twin Cities suburb of Columbia Heights, Minn., police officers say they know about North Dakota. Their detective colleagues at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office know that when a local girl goes missing, to check North Dakota’s Backpage ads.

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