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Human Trafficking Catches Lawmakers' Notice

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Combating human trafficking is an international effort, but it is a problem that is growing in Western North Dakota.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says 14 sex-crime offenders were arrested last month in Williston and Dickinson.

He says in the last six months, 55 proactive cases for luring minors and child pornography have been processed and an additional 43 reactive cases were called in.

His office has tracked child pornography websites and Stenehjem says most offenders in the state are long time North Dakotans --- not transits.

Congressmen Kevin Cramer and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota were in Williston today.

They met with law enforcement and faith-based groups to match their co-sponsored legislation with what they community is seeing in action.

(Rep. Kevin Cramer. (R) North Dakota) "Human trafficking is one of those things that really requires the entire community to be involved. It's not a government solution. It's a community solution."

Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been working on the human trafficking topic in the senate.

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