Duluth Tackles Issue Of Human Trafficking

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A community task force in Duluth has been started to address human trafficking and soon the city council will take up the issue.

Task force coordinator Shunu Shrestha says the frequency of human trafficking is difficult to gauge, but where prostitution is occurring, coercion and trafficking are usually present.

This month 29 people were indicted in a sex trafficking ring in which Somali gangs in Minneapolis and St. Paul allegedly forced girls under age 14 into prostitution.

Councilor Sharla Gardner is working on a resolution that would voice support for the task force, the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault and the American Indian Community Housing Organization.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Gardner also scheduled a committee of the whole meeting Dec. 6 to discuss the issue.

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  • Kevin

    When you say Duluth….and Somalains in the same sentenc…..its the end of the world as we know it…..

  • Larry

    Dont worry, our government will take care of all problems. You just need to obey the government. We have your best interests in mind. We will be increasing your taxes to cover the cost of taking care of you. We will also be making a lot of new laws so you are better protected and controlled. You have too much freedom. Do dont worry. Obama will look our for you. Pay more than you fair share of taxes. Give until you bleed.

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