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Freedom in Montana: Fighting Human Trafficking at Home

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Modern Day Slavery In Montana

The plight of human trafficking affects the United States and Montana. In the U.S., an unknown number of people are bought and sold for forced labor and nearly 300,000 children are at risk for sex trafficking every year. The average age of girls forced into the sex trade is 12 to 14, and fewer than 2% are ever rescued or able to leave this modern-day slavery. The Attorney General’s Office, local law enforcement, and community organizations are working to increase Montana’s investigation and prosecution of human trafficking crimes and to aid victims, and the community can help.

Attorney General Tim Fox speaking on Human Trafficking

Attorney General Tim Fox at the 2014 Mansfield Conference

How You Can Help

On June 5, 2014, the Mansfield Center and local law enforcement and local organizations offered a workshop follow-up to the 2014 Mansfield Conference on human trafficking with a day of panels addressing how to raise awareness of and combat human trafficking in Montana. All panels were free and open to the public.

Teresa Sobieszczyk talking about human trafficking
UM Professor Teresa Sobieszczyk
The 2014 Mansfield Conference, The Fight For Hope & Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana and the World, sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and Soroptimist International, brought together experts, law enforcement members, and community members to discuss the issue of human trafficking and how it impacts Montana and the globe. Over 700 people attended over three days of documentaries, panels, and workshops.