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Officials plan to take down human trafficking

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

The FBI made arrests all over the U.S. More than 150.

Seven of those were Lincoln. Five women arrested for prostitution, one accused pimp and one accused John.

The youngest of the women was 20, the oldest was 39.

"Sure, they didn't find any children during that sting here in Nebraska, but the reality is, most of those women who are 'adult prostitutes' started off as children in human trafficking," State Senator Amanda McGill said.

McGill sponsored two bills passed by the legislature to help fight against human trafficking and help children who were forced into prostitution.

"I've been working with the FBI and they absolutely say that anyone who's a minor is not making this choice, child prostitution is human trafficking," she said.

McGill says traffickers go after women with low self-esteem and minimal social support, and that many are sold online for sex.

"It's out there and prostitution has just been the traditional name for it but really in so many ways it's human trafficking," she said.

She says she hopes in the next year to have a task force to raise awareness of the issue and help those affected.

"I'd really like to see something like that here in Nebraska so we can get the women the services they need to reform their lives so they can make a good, honest living and get the mental health problems addressed that they might have," McGill said.

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