More oil is bringing more good news to North Dakota. It's also bringing some bad. According to one expert, increased oil traffic means increased human -- trafficking.
Professionals are finding how out North Dakota can learn from other States -- and get out in front of a problem that's growing worldwide. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, human trafficking, which includes "compelled service" for either labor or sex, is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.
"It's really modern day slavery, and again, it's something that occurs everywhere. People here in North Dakota say, 'Well, we don't have it here,' and I'm here to tell you, you do. And it's going to get worse, because with the oil that's being found out in the Bakken area there with the large influx of population," says Detective Harvey Sloan (Retired), Seattle Police Department.
For more information, contact the Task Force Hotline at 888-373-7888, or www.traffickingresourcecenter.org. The closest Task Force location to the Bismarck area is St. Paul, Minnesota.
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