Child Sex Trafficking Forum Highlights Problem Issue in Connecticut

 
A training program in New Haven given by the group Love 146, which is committed to the abolishment of human trafficking.

A training program in New Haven given by the group Love 146, which is committed to the abolishment of human trafficking.

The issue of sex trafficking involving children is a significant enough problem in Connecticut that the state Department of Children and Families has an anti-trafficking resspone team and hosted a forum on the issue Wednesday at the Connecticut Convention Center. January is human trafficking awareness month.

An Associated Press story about the forum published online by the New Haven Register opened like this:

A prostitution investigation at a Connecticut casino led authorities to a 16-year-old girl, allegedly taken to a hotel last month for pre-arranged sex with a customer. The Rhode Island woman accused of taking her there was charged with human trafficking.
The case highlights child sex trafficking that officials say is pervasive across the state and the nation. At a forum Wednesday in Hartford devoted to the issue, officials urged continued collaboration among government branches and agencies to fight a scourge they described as modern-day slavery.
“The reality is that as society we need to do as much as we possibly can to end that misery for as many people as we can, and discover it as early as possible,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. He said Connecticut has had 195 reported cases of child sex trafficking over the last six years.

See the full AP story online at the New Haven Register, which has covered the issue of sex trafficking in Connecticut in an in-depth series by reporter Rachel Chinapen, who can be found @RachelChinapen on Twitter.

Her stories include an April 2013 article about a New Haven student fighting sex trafficking, a story last May about the scope of the problem in Connecticut, and a September story about how the terminology used to describe aspects of sex trafficking can also do damage.

 

Child Sex Trafficking Forum Highlights Problem Issue in Connecticut

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