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New Mobile Exhibit Aims to Fight Sex Trafficking in Kansas

staff - April 9, 2016 7:20 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas attorney general and two professional trucking associations have announced a program to prevent sex trafficking on state highways.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that on Thursday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Truckers Against Trafficking and the Kansas Motor Carriers Association discussed their partnership to fight sex trafficking and to support victims.

They hope to educate people about human trafficking through a mobile exhibit called the Freedom Drivers Project.

Schmidt says the program focuses on monitoring the state’s highways where some sex trafficking occurs. The attorney general’s office helped two victims of sex trafficking in 2009. By 2015, the number escalated to more than 400 victims.

Motor Carriers executive director Tom Whitaker says observant truck drivers watch out for such crimes and inform law enforcement of problems.

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