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Published August 22, 2013, 09:18 PM

Human trafficking becomes a problem in North Dakota

Three men were recently charged in Burleigh County with attempted human trafficking. Their arrests were the result of a sting operation by local police.

Three men were recently charged in Burleigh County with attempted human trafficking. Their arrests were the result of a sting operation by local police. Director of Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons, Patrick Atkinson says there's a dark side of the boom. "There is a lot of denial, this is happening right now," says Atkinson.

Atkinson has worked to fight human trafficking across the world for the past 25 years but his mission is bringing him home more often. This North Dakotan and founder of the God's Child Project and ITEMP says human trafficking is going on here.

ITEMP Director Patrick Atkinson says, "online websites that advertise escort services, massage parlors. The people who are selling these are not you know 19 year old Sally who's trying to earn money to put away for college. No, they're girls, women who have been picked up they've been forced in there. They've been raped. Some of them are held involuntarily. They're drugged and have been kept on drugs for weeks or months as they're being moved along. This is not a sex act this is rape you are paying to rape somebody."

Atkinson recommends all parents to remove computers from kids' bedrooms.

He says the number four search word for seven year olds, according to Google is porn.

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