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Institute Dispels Myths About Human Trafficking

by Christie Vogt | Park Bugle


February 29, 2024 | Human trafficking is more common than people expect and often occurs in ways the public doesn’t imagine. So says Andrea Kittleson, anti-trafficking program manager at the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Human trafficking, which includes labor trafficking and sex trafficking, is a crime in which a person uses force, fraud or coercion to get another person to provide labor or commercial sex. From agriculture to hotels, nail salons, cleaning services, childcare and construction, trafficking occurs in a variety of industries.

Kittleson’s comments came in January during Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a presidential proclamation in effect since 2010 that aims to educate the public about how to recognize and prevent human trafficking.