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Human Trafficking Hits Home

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- The crime known as human trafficking, or selling people for sex or labor, is still being researched and uncovered in the United States.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- The crime known as human trafficking, or selling people for sex or labor, is still being researched and uncovered in the United States.

Arkansas state representative, Greg Leding says with an interstate highway like I-40, traffickers across Arkansas can make a quick getaway.

"Any interstate corridor tends to be a target. It's certainly not limited to any corner of our state", Leding said.

The issue hits home for Kathy McGregor. She said, "We just lost one of our class members to a drug overdose."

McGregor works with women at the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center and says they are busted for drugs, but their stories share a bigger problem.

"That's the story that does come out a lot of times, is that they are traded for drugs", McGregor said.

In her class, victims tell stories of being sold for drugs as sex slaves.

McGregor said, "we've established this enormous amount of trust and they'll start telling things that they've never told anyone else before. Stories of being traded for drugs by parents, traded for drugs by uncles, locked up and held prisoner for drugs by boyfriends."

She went on to say trafficking can even exist in a place like Northwest Arkansas. "In this area, in this neighborhood, in this community, as in every other community across the country. Northwest Arkansas is no exception."

Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888
Human Trafficking in Arkansas: http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map/arkansas



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