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Attorney General fights prostitution, child sex trafficking

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Trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and attorneys general from coast to coast are taking it to Congress. Trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and attorneys general from coast to coast are taking it to Congress.
"Attorneys General wanted some of these companies to be held responsible that are profiting from the pain of others in human trafficking area, prostitution," Attorney General Jim Hood said. "Attorneys General wanted some of these companies to be held responsible that are profiting from the pain of others in human trafficking area, prostitution," Attorney General Jim Hood said.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and attorneys general from coast to coast are taking it to Congress.

"The Internet has caused trafficking to explode," said Advocates for Freedom member Carol Stern.

Online listings for sex from both adults and children are a few searches and clicks away on many websites. It's prompted Attorney General Jim Hood to join in the call for change to
Congress.

"Attorneys General wanted some of these companies to be held responsible that are profiting from the pain of others in human trafficking area, prostitution," Hood said.

The letter was sent to Congress from the National Association of Attorneys General this week.

"Every day, children in the United States are sold for sex," the letter states.

"They can market these girls from any point. They put them up on these websites and they'll go to another area if they're getting a lot of interest," explained Stern.

Backpage.com is the site the letter uses as an example. On the site is a disclaimer asking users to agree to report any suspected exploitation of minors or human trafficking, but prosecutors say it still happens.

"You don't know who your children are talking to all hours of the day," said Michael Guest, District Attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties.

The attorneys general are asking Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act to allow for state and local law enforcement to go after the online predators.

"By allowing state prosecutors additional statutes, I think you'll see more prosecutions. The state government can prosecute things at times in a much quicker manner than the federal government," Guest said.

Mississippi strengthened its human trafficking laws this year. Victims are now better protected under the new statutes.

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