Human trafficking takes center stage at Las Vegas summit

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. As the problem gets bigger, so do the efforts to stop it.

The first of two summits hosted by Nevada’s attorney general takes place in Las Vegas Monday. It brings together federal and state lawmakers as well as prosecutors and law enforcement and representatives from groups fighting trafficking.

Attendees learned about Child Safe AI which is a way to reduce exploitation on the web. It’s a robot that uses the worst of the internet to protect the innocent.

“Technology is an important component here. We know, back in the day, people would look in the phone book or papers, but now they are using technology to find a person involved in human trafficking. We are now using technology to catch those folks. Hopefully, it’s something that will have people think twice but — if not — we are going to get them,” said Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford.

There have also been recent changes to billboards that are posted around the Las Vegas valley advertising an FBI hotline for victims. Although the hotline has been around for almost 10 years, it wasn’t until this year that various langauges were added to the billboard for those who don’t speak English.

Ford said there are initiatives to ensure victims receive the resources and services they need to escape.

The second summit is Tuesday in Carson City

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