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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A Nebraska lawmaker is continuing her fight against human trafficking with proposals to improve coordination among groups that support victims and to make state law more similar to other states.
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LINCOLN -- Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Wednesday that would strengthen penalties on sex traffickers while directing child prostitutes into treatment.

Lawmakers voted 47-0 on the final morning of the session to send Legislative Bill 255 to Gov.

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LINCOLN — Posting photos of “johns” who hire prostitutes is out.

So are prison terms as high as 50 years for pimps who force minors into the sex trade.

But a Lincoln lawmaker says a bill pending in the Nebraska Legislature can still help the state combat sex trafficking, even without those provisions.

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The upper crust of Nebraska’s criminal justice system is trying to arm police officers, prosecutors and judges with training they can use to attack the nebulous problem of human trafficking.

An 18-member task force delivered a 60-page memo and training manual to the state Legislature last week, the first step toward figuring how many people are trafficked in Nebraska and what authorities have to do to stop it.

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A professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law was recently named to a new task force addressing human trafficking in Nebraska.

Gov. Dave Heineman selected Anna Shavers for co-chair of the research subcommittee for the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Criminal justice professionals are updating one another with the latest information concerning "Crimes of Power and Control" in Kearney this week.

The Nebraska State Patrol's annual conference focuses around the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

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Sex traffic: Omaha, Lincoln and I-80

Monday, 16 December 2013 03:03

A nonprofit organization called I've Got a Name was organized about four years ago in Lincoln, dedicated to stopping the sex traffic trade.

Organizer Bob Burton told several stories of women he has met in Lincoln who have been trafficked, according to an Oct. 29 news report in the Omaha World Herald.

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A University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor will be the editor-in-chief of the first international human trafficking journal.

Rochelle Dalla, a faculty affiliate of UNL’s Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, submitted the proposal last year.

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By: Melina Matthes

OMAHA (KPTM) - You might not think of Omaha as being a hotbed for the slave trade, but if you don't, think again.

There is evidence that hundreds of girls, some in their early teens are being sold as sex slaves in truck stops in our area.

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Over 27 million slaves are in the sex trade and forced labor worldwide. Officials say if you think it's not happening in Nebraska, think again.

Here at home, the Kearney New Life Church congregation heard the hard truths about human trafficking in the state.

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