Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conference Aims to Stop Sex Trafficking between Manitoba, North Dakota

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conference Aims to Stop Sex Trafficking between Manitoba, North Dakota

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Sex-trafficking conference held in Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG - A conference in Winnipeg aims to establish a protocol between Manitoba and North Dakota to help end cross-border human trafficking.

Organizers say thousands of Canadian teens are lured into empty hotel rooms every year and end up being moved around circuits across Canada and the United States.

Barb Gosse, CEO of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, says the goal of the conference's participants is to set up a collaborative and responsive system of dealing with that.

She says that will include training border control officers to be able to spot potential cases of human trafficking.

Gosse hopes the event will be the first of many across Canada and in the United States.

Organizers say an increase in the North Dakota oil industry since 2012 has resulted in an influx of temporary workers and an increased demand for sex-trade workers. …

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