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.
Even before taking office as Nebraska’s 32nd Attorney General, Doug Peterson voiced his commitment to fighting human trafficking – to finding better ways to discover this crime and stop the traffickers, better ways to help those now trapped, and better ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.
It was only in the last decade 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 now the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force which helps law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers, and community partners breathe life into these laws.