Truckers lauded for work against human trafficking


Diet Coke
Staff member
FARGO, N.D. — The director of an organization that recruits truck drivers to help combat human trafficking said Wednesday her group is looking for more participation from truckers in North Dakota, where crimes such as child prostitution and ****ography are on the rise.

Kendis Paris, executive director of Denver-based Truckers Against Trafficking, told attendees at the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association convention they should encourage their employees to get involved and call the group's hotline to report criminal activity.

"We haven't received a lot of calls from North Dakota. I think the primary reason is, nobody knows about the number," Paris said afterward. "That is why we are out here."

Paris was joined by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon, who said the state's robust economy due to the oil boom and other commerce has brought with it some unsavory clients. Stenehjem's office has investigated about 100 complaints of crimes involving the trafficking or luring of minors in the last six months.

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