Arrests highlight 'prevalent' problem of human trafficking in Utah

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  • CBAX Provo, UT
    April 6, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    What happens every time we declare a war on something.


  • Kate Hutch Kenmore, WA
    April 2, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    We can only fight this scourge if we fund the agencies (through our tax dollars) to staff, research, arrest, try, convict and incarcerate the scumbags who prey on vulnerable, helpless people. People screaming about making government so small you can drown it in a bathtub are obviously not thinking about who is not getting protected when we don't fund these agencies adequately. People are not just going to volunteer to solve the problem. And who are 'the johns' buying the services of these underage girls? Your neighbors.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    April 2, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    People say they are against slavery, but then I see and read these human trafficking stories and I feel sick inside because of this barbarism. Human trafficking should be punished by life under constant monitoring.

  • Brigham's Brother Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 2, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    This is a real problem here. Years ago a girl in my ward went to the Greyhound station to run away and instead was picked up by the mob and sent to Vegas as a prostitute. She was about 14 years old. She was discovered a year or two later when she went out on call and the jon said she was too young, called her parents and took her to the airport. Even after the girl made it home the family had to deal with the mob intimidating her/them and trying to re-capture the girl to take her back to Vegas. CRAZY! This stuff is everywhere.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    April 2, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Lawyers, judges, lawmakers, and law enforcement keep letting these criminals go. They are to blame! Besides, we should be picking our own fruit and harvesting our own crops, then maybe we and our children wouldn't be over weight and using so many drugs.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    April 2, 2014 10:23 a.m.


    While I disdain the things you mention as well, I wouldn't go so far to say one causes the other. While I have seen plenty of violent acts portrayed on TV and the Movies, I have never been inclined to do those things. The same may be true of other things.

  • Polly Scott Centerville, UT
    April 2, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Pornography fuels the demand for sex trafficking, as most sex workers in the porn industry and prostitution are victims. One possible solution is to arrest men picking up prostitutes, rather than blaming the victims. Also, people need to realize that watching pornography is progressive and can lead to real life acts, like seeking a prostitute, rape or the sexual abuse of a child. General acceptance of pornography in society must stop. People need to realize that pornography is hurting children, individuals and families at alarming rates.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    @ Dante - Are you kidding me? It doesn't matter where it originates it is tragic. The police did say that Utah is a throughfare for human trafficking so it is very prevalent.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    Let's try to retain some perspective. It was reported that, of some 9,000 human trafficking complaints lodged in the 50 United States last year, less than 300, or one-third of 1%, originated in Utah. So even if human trafficking is "prevalent" in the USA, It doesn't appear to be prevalent in the State of Utah. Tragic, yes; prevalent, no.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    April 2, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    Tragic that our country squanders all of its law enforcement resources to fight a war on drugs when the heinous crimes are right under our noses.

  • Dave T in Ogden Ogden, UT
    April 2, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Will this new policy help catch human trafficking?
    What if your driver's license and car insurance be linked to your credit/debit cards? They would replace current credit/debit cards with an encoded chip credit/debit cards by let us say by 2015, to keep it secured. Then whenever you get gas, if you do not have a valid driver's license or current car insurance, you get no gas. The same can be said if you were to get money out of the ATM machine. Also, if the driver's license does not match of the location of the use of these financial transactions, the credit/debit card will be void of use. If you were to go out of town, a link to your health insurance card will help EMTs in case you need medical assistance. Perhaps to make your all-in-one card to work out of town, you will indicate online where you are going. Finally, how many human traffickers are driving without a valid driver's license or car insurance? These cards will help catch human trafficking as a result.

  • fani wj, UT
    April 2, 2014 6:30 a.m.

    slavery is alive and well

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    April 1, 2014 8:04 p.m.