NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS Human trafficking and forced slavery
This is a note we received today from Angela Mathers, Graduate Assistant in the NDSU Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach. Sounds like a powerful presentation.
A sp... Posted on 4/15/09 at 4:24 AM
Heather Weyker is a St. Paul police officer who investigates human trafficking, but she's also a mom. "The girls that are 10 and 9 that have their moms pimp them out, or the teenagers -- you just want to give them a big hug and take them home with you," Weyker said.
Shane Germann, 41, formerly of Hope and Valley City, N.D., is named as an onsite manager, regional supervisor and security guard for a California-based company whose officials are accused of luring about 400 Thai nationals into forced labor in the United States under threat of financial ruin.
North Dakota lawmakers will soon be debating a bill that aims to be a red light for human trafficking.
“Is it a big problem here? I don’t believe it actually is. But you don’t ever want it to be,” said Kathy Hawken, a Republican and a state representative from Fargo who is one of the sponsors of the bill. When people hear the term human trafficking, many picture sexual slavery, but Hawken said it can encompass many industries, including domestic labor.
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