Officials from around the country meet for human trafficking conference


POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 6:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 6:29pm

 There are between 100,000-300,000  children forced into the sex trade every year. Thursday,  various East Texas agencies met for a conference to discuss how to put an end to the disturbing criminal industry.

Llaw enforcement officers as well as advocates from The Women's Center of East Texas and The Children's Advocacy Center were at the conference as well as East Texas District Attorneys Offices to discuss how technology is helping the sex trade grow. But, also how law enforcement can use technology to their advantage in locating and busting sex trafficking rings.  They also discussed how cooperation between agencies is necessary in order to form a strong case against sex traffickers.

Brooke Barton with the Women's Center of East Texas explains sex trafficking is a growing issue everywhere.

" People don't believe that it's happening here in East Texas or in Longview or in Tyler..but it's here and its here every day evey weekend and our numbers just seem to grow ..So in order to really try to combat that it's gonna take a unified front of everybody coming together to put a stop to this unnecessary victimization. 

 Guest speakers included a detective from the Montgomery County Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit, The National Judicial Education Program's Project Attorney from Washington D.C.,and Chris Baughman, author and host of MSNBC's new series on sex trafficking, "Slave Hunter."


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