Feb 3, 2014 6:21 AM by AP

Gulfport group helps human trafficking victims

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - More than 100 people across Mississippi have been rescued from human trafficking by a single organization.

Susie Harvill, CEO of Advocates for Freedom in Gulfport, tells The Sun Herald the organization has rescued 105 victims in the state since it began in January 2011 and most of those have been on the Coast. The youngest was 3 years old and the oldest was 64.

Harvill said some of the cases she has seen are particularly horrifying.

Two cousins, 10- and 11-year-old boys from Hattiesburg, were taken to the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2013 by a friend the family had known for 25 years. Harvill said the first night the boys were in the hotel, they were repeatedly raped by three men.


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