Human Trafficking | Prairie Public Broadcasting

Human Trafficking

'Juneteenth' observance passes House

Apr 7, 2021

The North Dakota House has voted in favor of the state observing “Juneteenth.”

The day is called that because on June 19th, 1865, slavery officially ended in Texas. And it is observed by 47 other states.

Rep. Austen Schauer (R-West Fargo) said this does not involve a mandatory day off for private of public employees.

"It is meant to bring unity to a sometimes, if not often, divided country," Schauer said.

Schauer said it is also meant as a day to condemn human trafficking.

More spotllight on human trafficking

Jul 25, 2014

A representative of an anti-human trafficking organization based in Washingt, DC says a lot of attention is being paid to the issue of human trafficking – especially in light of the growing problem with prostitution in western North Dakota.

It's always been an issue, I think," said Vanessa Chauhan, who is with Polaris. “People are getting more awareness about it, and are recognizing that it is not a foreign issue, as people normally perceive it to be. It's happening here in the United States ikn our communities and our backyards.”

Human Trafficking: Building Awareness

May 21, 2014

The issue of Human Trafficking is getting renewed attention in North Dakota. The crime was the focus of a  recent panel discussion with the North Dakota Carriers Association. The panel involved North Dakota U-S Attorney Tim Purdon, State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Kendis Paris, the executive director of the group Truckers Against Trafficking. Paris says there are a lot of eyes available from the trucking industry, and potentially a lot of assistance for those combating crimes of human trafficking…