Human trafficking is a thriving criminal industry, making billions forcing men and women worldwide to provide commercial sex, labor or services against their will.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month --- and there is good news for North Dakota.
The Polaris Project began in 2007, providing a national hotline for human trafficking crises.
Polaris Project has logged 16 North Dakota cases that reference human trafficking over a six year period -- in that same time frame more than 9,000 cases were tracked nationwide.
Williston Economic Development Communications Director Katie Long says it's important to remember that human trafficking is not only for sex trade but also for worker trade.
She says there have been a handful of human trafficking cases in Williston so it is something to watch for -- but not rampant.
(Katie Long, Williston Economic Development Communications Director) "For us here in Williston, it's not something that we've ever had an issue with in the past. It's not something that our particular city has had an issue with. It's a statewide issue, it's a regional issue, it's a national issue."
For more information on human trafficking in America visit: www.PolarisProject.org.