The crime of human trafficking is one of the most egregious human rights violations, and it is happening in our own communities. Some victims are lured into the United States with false promises of legitimate work, only to be forced into the sex industry. Others are runaway teens, taken in by traffickers and forced to trade sex for a place to sleep. Victims include children trafficked by family members and girls recruited by a "boyfriend" who turns out to be a pimp.
We are not immune in Idaho. Last June, a Boise man was prosecuted for advertising on Internet sites that his 3-year-old daughter was available for sex. Only two months ago, another man pleaded guilty to obstructing an investigation. He had solicited others to destroy evidence of his involvement in transporting a 15-year-old Washington runaway for prostitution.