Traffickers who sell women and children for sex in Nebraska could have their phones tapped by law enforcement and face prosecution years or even decades after their crimes under a sweeping new bill set for legislative debate.
After a Scottsbluff, NE. Police officer stopped a driver on May 1, 2018, for a traffic violation, he experienced an unexpected situation: a woman in the car told the officer she was being held against her will.
Police in Lincoln, NE. have made a pair of arrests as they sort through an alleged human trafficking operation. Hersel Bradley, 40, and Kurt Mortensen, 58, have both been arrested for pandering. Authorities say this investigation led to the identification of several women believed to be victims of human trafficking.
Human trafficking advocate and founder and CEO of Runaway Girl, Inc. Carissa Phelps will speak about her experiences in the world of human trafficking on Oct. 26 at the Nebraska Union from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nebraska’s proximity to Interstate 80, a highway that stretches from California to New Jersey, makes some towns in the state particularly susceptible to the buying and selling of young women and sometimes young men, according to the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking.
More than 400 people attended the symposium, hosted by the Panhandle Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, to learn about human trafficking, signs of human trafficking and its victims. “This crime thrives in plain view,” Anna Brewer, a former FBI agent and investigator with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, said.