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Federal authorities say human trafficking is alive and well in New Orleans and is not just an International problem for places like Eastern Europe and Mexico.

There is now some new help in New Orleans for the victims of abduction and sex slavery and it's called the Eden House in Uptown.

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Louisiana is among the top 10 worst states in the country for human trafficking.

But what exactly is human trafficking? It's commonly defined as the buying, or selling of a person for sexual purposes, forced labor or any other coerced explotation.

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Human Trafficking Arrest

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 03:35
LAFAYETTE PARISH- A Lafayette woman is in jail tonight, and a child is free from continued abuse, following a lengthy human trafficking investigation by Detectives with Louisiana State Police.
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A bill broadening Louisiana's racketeering laws to include a range of crimes including human trafficking, kidnapping, bigamy and the sale of children has been signed into law.

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 279 by Rep.

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Louisiana's racketeering laws would be broadened to include a range of crimes including human trafficking, kidnapping, bigamy and the sale of children under a bill heading to a final vote in the state Senate.

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Human trafficking, kidnapping, bigamy, and a number of other crimes could be prosecuted with state racketeering laws under a bill approvedThursday by the Louisiana House. Adding these crimes would allow for victims to bring civil action and would be a revenue generator for the state, supporters said.

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A man arrested as part of a kidnapping and human trafficking investigation has been sentenced to one year in prison for transporting a woman across state lines for prostitution.
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Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, pictured above, are preparing to launch a nationwide program to improve services for crime victims. Photo by Cliff 1066, via Flickr

The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to launch a nationwide program to improve services for crime victims.

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The case against a Beaumont man and rapper picked up for kidnapping and human trafficking in September is pending in Louisianan courts. Holly Carter, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors are still reviewing the evidence against Ivory Charles Pantallion III, 33, of Beaumont.

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A man suspected of trafficking girls as young as 13 for prostitution purposes in at least five different cities was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend after a French Quarter sting led to the arrests of women who said they had been forced into the sex trade.

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