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N.D., Minnesota, S.D. calls to human trafficking hotline increase

BISMARCK -- North Dakota had 19 cases of human trafficking reported to a national hotline in 2015, the nonprofit that operates the program said Thursday.

BISMARCK -- North Dakota had 19 cases of human trafficking reported to a national hotline in 2015, the nonprofit that operates the program said Thursday.

The North Dakota cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, operated by the nonprofit group Polaris, consisted of 15 cases of sex trafficking and four cases of labor trafficking. The state had 16 human trafficking cases reported to the hotline in 2014.

Polaris, which fights modern day slavery, emphasized that the statistics are not intended to represent the full scope of human trafficking in each state, but only the cases reported to the hotline.

In North Dakota, a state law that took effect last August requires the hotline, 1-888-373-7888, to be posted at rest areas.

In Minnesota, the hotline received 47 cases of human trafficking reported last year, including 37 cases of sex trafficking and six cases of labor trafficking. Minnesota had 36 human trafficking cases reported in 2014.

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South Dakota had 15 cases of human trafficking reported in 2015, including nine cases of sex trafficking and five cases of labor trafficking, Polaris said. The state had eight total human trafficking cases reported to the hotline in 2014.

Nationwide, Polaris said reports of human trafficking increased 10 percent in 2015.

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