FARGO -- A Forum News Service original reporting series about human trafficking in North Dakota won two awards at this year's national Inland Press Association newsroom contest.

"Trafficked," a collaborative multi-media reporting series investigating "the exploitation of women and girls in the Bakken and beyond," took first place in the investigative reporting category for papers under 50,000 circulation. The series also placed second for the Community Leadership Award in the same circulation division.

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"Many people from Forum News Service, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and throughout the company worked on this fantastic series," said Forum Editor Matt Von Pinnon. The Forum is the flagship newspaper for Forum Communications. "It takes a great team and organization to do this kind of compelling work."

The series focused on how the trafficking happens, who has been arrested for it, how it is prosecuted and the resources available for victims.

The project included a seven-day series of articles and videos as well as a 30-minute documentary by WDAY reporter Kevin Wallevand that was recently nominated for a Midwest Emmy award. 

Forum News Service Amy Dalrymple and former Dickinson Press reporter Katherine Lymn were the main contributors of the project.  

To view the project visit www.traffickedreport.com.

"We hope our reporting shed light on this important subject and that it sparked community conversations that wouldn't otherwise have happened," said Mary Jo Hotzler, vice president of content for Forum Communications.

The Inland Press Association is a not-for-profit, member-owned newspaper organization that includes more than 1,000 daily and weekly papers across the United States, Canada and Bermuda.

Forum Communications Co. is a multimedia information company based in Fargo. Forum Communications owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the regional wire content provider Forum News Service.

The Grand Forks Herald is a Forum Communications property.