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Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, in Tippecanoe County are learning to identify youths who are at-risk of becoming human trafficking victims. They’re also learning how to talk about the issue when red flags appear.

County CASA Executive Director Coleen Connor says human trafficking may not yet be a significant problem, locally. But she wants to prepare the volunteers for what’s likely to come in the future.

 

Lawmakers and youth advocates say they’re looking for legislation next session to help address suicide prevention and human trafficking.

Indiana law requires new teachers to be trained in suicide prevention. But that law only took effect three years ago, meaning there’s no required training for most of the teaching workforce.

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Federal, state and local law enforcement are increasing public awareness and enforcement efforts surrounding human trafficking as Indiana prepares for the Indianapolis 500. 

Officials say Indiana is a “hub” for human sex trafficking because of the large sporting events it often hosts.

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Lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday aimed at the exotic dancing industry.  The new regulations are legislators’ latest effort to reduce human trafficking in the state.

The original bill had to do with seizing property related to human trafficking and establishing a prevention and victim assistance fund.  A late addition to the measure imposes new requirements on strip clubs.  Mount Vernon Republican Representative Wendy McNamara says that includes a mandate that the facilities must require two forms of ID from their dancers, verifying age and legal status.

Truitt/Wright Human Trafficking Bill Awaiting Gov's Signature

Mar 17, 2015
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A bipartisan bill that aims to protect child human trafficking victims is on its way to the Governor’s office for a signature.

The bill, co-authored by House Reps. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) and Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown), aims to speed up the rescue of child victims of human trafficking.   

If the measure is signed into law, trafficking pamphlets with national phone numbers and resources will be given to both law enforcement agencies and anyone who files a missing child report.

Indiana is joining 15 other states in a billboard campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. 

About 21 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking. An estimated one-and-a-half million of them are in the United States, many of them minors recruited for prostitution.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a new statewide billboard campaign features messages that encourage community engagement.

Indiana Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking

Feb 2, 2015

Human trafficking is often a hidden crime, but it is one of the fastest growing in Indiana and around the nation.

Some 27 million people around the globe are said to be victims, forced to work at manual labor or in the sex industry.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in the case of sex trafficking, the victims often have been exploited since childhood.

Those who work with young people in Tippecanoe County are being enlisted to fight human trafficking.

The Indiana Youth Institute is partnering with community organizations to sponsor a free workshop.

The West Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network is one of the groups that helped bring the program to the area.

Regional Director Jillian Miller says those who attend will learn how to identify and report the growing problem.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is calling on the General Assembly to get a human trafficking bill passed in time for the Super Bowl, February 5. 

A bill closing gaps in Indiana’s human trafficking laws has been on a fast track through the Assembly.  The Senate passed it unanimously, but it’s been held up by unrest in the House.  Now, with Super Bowl festivities arriving in Indianapolis, Zoeller is urging the legislature to act quickly.

With the Super Bowl less than two months away, a bill to close gaps in Indiana’s human trafficking statute is on a fast track.

Attorneys general across the country have focused their attention on human trafficking in the last several months.  And Governor Mitch Daniels says the presence of the Super Bowl shines a spotlight on Indiana.

“The single worst location and occurrence for this exploitation is the Super Bowl.”