CNMI INCLUDED IN U.S. SEX TRAFFICKING STUDY

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Girls from FSM, Guam become victims

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 30, 2008) – The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has been included in a US study on human trafficking, child sex trafficking and exploitation.

Shared Hope International, an organisation that works to eliminate human trafficking, says the study encompasses 10 sites across the United States.

Samantha Vardaman of Shared Hope says one of the reasons the CNMI was selected is because it has had extensive experience with human trafficking prosecutions.

She says the CNMI has had a number of successful investigations leading to convictions and prosecutions for sex trafficking.

She says the CNMI has an issue that larger cities do not have such as the ease of transportation among the islands.

She says the Federated States of Micronesia is not far from the CNMI and women and girls from the FSM are coming to Saipan and also Guam and are being exploited.

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