The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: December 10, 2014) – Human trafficking is called “the invisible crime”. Victims are often vulnerable immigrants, homeless children, runaways, or young women who are coerced into forced labor, domestic servitude, or most often prostitution or sex slavery. Utah law enforcement officials say it is indeed an under reported, mounting problem. In the past couple years Utah legislators have attempted to create legal protections for child victims, and have tried to effectively investigate and prosecute traffickers. But advocates say Utah has much more work to do.
Fernando Rivero is a veteran Fire Captain and Paramedic in Salt Lake City and serves on a long list of sexual violence and human trafficking committees; Gregory Ferbrache is director for the Justice Division in the Utah Attorney General’s office; Jodi Peterson is a Sexual Assault Advocate at the University of Utah Center for Student Wellness; the moderator is Martin Liccardo, a health educator at the U of U’s Center for Student Wellness. The discussion was recorded live with an audience of students at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, on November 13, 2014.
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