As hard as it may be to believe, human beings are trafficked in Nebraska. They are bought and sold and treated as property, forced against their will to work for those who think they own them. This modern-day slavery is illegal, yet it thrives in the shadows.
It was only in the last decade or so that we began to understand the scope of this particular crime. But now, Nebraska has considerable momentum. We have clearer, tougher laws against human trafficking, several new laws to protect the victims, and the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force which helps law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers, and community partners breathe life into these laws.