Fighters of sex trade meet in summit

Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- At a Las Vegas summit of lawmakers, law enforcement officers and faith leaders, authorities agreed to intensify the fight against sex-trafficking.

The conference Wednesday at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, convened by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and attended by more than 200 people, was designed to strengthen support for proposed legislation and foster more collaboration to fight sex-trafficking, the Las Vegas Sun reported Thursday.

Although entry into the sex trade can occur through work in brothels, gang activity or massage parlors, the largest category of sex-trafficking is "domestic pimp control," a situation in which one person controls the activities of one or more females in the sex trade, said Bradley Myles, executive director of the Polaris Project, a worldwide group fighting human trafficking.

Las Vegas Police Lt. Karen Hughes, who oversees the department's vice section, said police monitor the city's streets and hotels, as well as the Internet, and last year "recovered" 107 juveniles, including three boys, from the sex trade.

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