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Nov 4, 2009 11:59 AM by sleonard

Billboards highlight human trafficking

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ten billboards paid for by the federal government are going up in the New Orleans metropolitan area to alert people to the existence of human trafficking.
The billboards are part of a campaign by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to highlight "the horrors and the prevalence of human trafficking," which the agency says is equivalent to
"modern-day slavery."
The words "hidden in plain sight" are displayed on the billboards and there is a toll free number people can call to report possible victims of human trafficking.
ICE says 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked around the world each year and that many of them end up in the United States.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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