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Stenehjem: $1.25M available to address human trafficking

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says $1.5 million is available for groups providing services relating to human trafficking. The money was authorized by the 2015 Legislature as part of a comprehensive package of bills to address human trafficking in North Dakota. In addition to organizations already providing prevention and treatment services to victims, the grants ...

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Federal jury convicts Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal jury in Bismarck has convicted a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area. Keith Graves, 39, showed little emotion on Friday after he was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion, and distribution of and possession of methamphetamine, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Each sex-trafficking offense carries a mandatory minimum ...

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Professor: Texas major hub for human trafficking

Several years ago, Sandra Spencer said she blithely assumed sex trafficking was something that occurred outside the United States. “Well, the scales fell from my eyes, so to speak, when I attended the Texas Conference for Women in 2002,” said Spencer, a professor and the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at University of North Texas. Spencer spoke ...

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Woman pleads not guilty to human trafficking in oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Milwaukee woman accused of being part of a prostitution ring in the western North Dakota oil patch has pleaded not guilty. Authorities allege 38-year-old Rasheda Ross was involved in a commercial sex operation that advertised online and did business out of a Williston hotel. The Williston Herald reports that Ross on Thursday pleaded not guilty to ...

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Leader of Bakken Strike Force crime unit named

The leader of the recently formed Bakken Strike Force crime unit has been announced, reports the Bismarck Tribune. Supervising the prosecutors and law enforcement officers will be Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Comprised of local, state and federal law officers, the Strike Force has been charged with the task of investigating and prosecuting the ...

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Heitkamp, McCain focusing on ND’s trafficking challenges

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Longtime anti-human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp are touring western North Dakota to look at the state’s human trafficking challenges. Cindy McCain is the co-founder of the McCain Institute and wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain. She will join Heitkamp in Watford City on Sunday to hear firsthand ...

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