Jennifer Fish

Local - July 26
1:52 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Experts Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking in Cape Fear Region

Panelists included representatives from the federal prosecutors of the Eastern District of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office, the Rape Crisis Center at Coastal Horizons and UNCW.

Following the state Senate’s Wednesday passage of “Safe Harbor” legislation stipulating that minors involved in sex work be treated as victims rather than criminals, the Star-News hosted a panel on human trafficking. Federal prosecutors and other experts engaged 120 audience members at Cape Fear Community College on Thursday. Panelists issued a call to action to better detect and battle the problem, which they say is pervasive in the coastal region.

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