Human Trafficking In The Hoosier State

By Scott Sarvay

May 6, 2011 Updated May 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - You’ve heard about it in other places but does human trafficking happen in Indiana?

The Center for Victims and Human Rights answered that question with an emphatic, yes.

They say the two most common forms are commercial sex trafficking and manual labor.

Officials say the biggest hurdle in reducing cases is that nobody is willing to come forward.

Now, they are trying to not only educate people, but enable them to take action.

Raio Krishnayya with the center says, “We are talking about fundamental survivability. In order for them to get out of it, we have to deal with all the things that you and I have to deal with. How do you live from day to day? Until we can deal with that, it's very difficult for them to get out of it."

The center helps victims get out of the trafficking situations despite problems they might have with immigration, benefits, or housing.

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