NC human trafficking symposium

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - About 200 law enforcement authorities and victims' advocates from across North Carolina are meeting in Raleigh to learn more about identifying and investigating cases of modern-day slavery.

The Human Trafficking Symposium hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice got under way Thursday. The two-day conference is intended to spur greater awareness of cases where men and women are coerced into becoming laborers or sex workers for little or no pay.

Prosecutors said trafficking victims are sometimes lured from overseas with the promise of a visa and good paying job only to find themselves forced to work in deplorable conditions. Abusers rule through fear, sometimes threatening to harm the victim or their children back home.

Conference participants were briefed on federal laws that could be employed to send perpetrators to prison.

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