09th
December 2015

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Trafficked Report

Day 7 – Hotline available to report suspicious activity

WASHINGTON – When Holly Austin Smith was at a New Jersey mall, trying on dresses as an older, intimidating guy looked on, she was clearly uncomfortable. But no one spoke up.

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 7 – Education needed to address 'a man's issue'

As a truck driver more than 20 years ago, Larry Medhurst traveled at times with other truckers who wanted to stop by a brothel in Nevada if they were passing through the area.

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 7 – Jenny's journey: Jenny, part two

An 8-year-old girl sits in the sixth row of the ornate theater, sharing popcorn and soda with her mom, Jenny Gaines, behind her.

Behind Jenny sits her mother, and as the lights dim, the three generations settle in for the show: a documentary produced by Breaking Free, a Twin Cities organization that helps women trying to leave prostitution.

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 7 – Heitkamp, Klobuchar team up to battle human trafficking

WASHINGTON – As local police chiefs and sheriffs gathered in Minot to discuss increased crime in North Dakota’s Oil Patch, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp interjected when one cited a spike in prostitution.

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 7 – ND poised to consider new human trafficking law, funding for enforcement

Plans to invest in law enforcement and strengthen human trafficking laws appear to have support as North Dakota’s legislative session begins this week, although proposals to expand victim services still lack the promise of funding.

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 6 – ND lacks shelter, funding for sex trafficking victims

You identify a young woman, a girl maybe, lured or coerced into a life of sex for money in the hard, scrambling towns of the North Dakota oil boom. You see her, reach her, offer her hope for something better, and she says yes, please, help me.

What then?

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 6 – Jenny's journey: 'You can't sleep with that many people a day and not have issues'

After nearly three decades in the life, Jenny Gaines thought she would die a prostitute. She really didn’t think she’d make it much into her 40s.

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09th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 6 – Squaring up a challenge

Rowena Mathews threw herself a two-day party when she turned 30 last summer, soaking up every minute of fun at a lakeside barbecue.

Celebrating with family and going out dancing with girlfriends meant more to Mathews than just marking a milestone.

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08th
December 2015

by FNS
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Day 5 – Agents: No shortage of willing buyers

The arrival of texts and emails sounds repeatedly from phones and laptops in this bustling suite on the fourth floor of one of Bismarck’s nicer hotels.

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08th
December 2015

by FNS
Trafficked Report

Day 5 – Jenny's journey: 'The second part' finally arrives

“I was never going to shoot him. I only wanted to scare him, but it was wrong. He was so afraid, because he’s seen me do some pretty violent stuff and he didn’t know if I was going to do it or not.” – Jenny Gaines on pointing a gun at her then-12-year-old son

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