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Across the United States, thousands of men, women and children are being forced to work as prostitutes. 

Sex trafficking remains a big problem, but a small group is mobilizing the far-flung trucking industry to fight it.

That’s a big change from the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. At the time, she thought if you were prostitute, it was your choice.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon came to Kansas City Wednesday to sign legislation strengthening laws against human trafficking.

“We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens in a distant, undeveloped country,” Nixon said. “But the tragic reality is, right here in the United States, human trafficking is a real and growing problem.”

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A harrowing story of human trafficking involving a Kansas college student on a military base. Plus, a discussion of the prevalence of this crime in our region.

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Political and economic unrest has many wondering about the power and limitations of democratic values and diplomacy. On this edition of Up To Date, we talk  about the idea of a "democracy recession" and how to best battle human trafficking and rights violations.

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Sex trafficking occurs in all fifty of the United States and too often the victims are our children. Steve Kraske examines sex trafficking with a Kansas City FBI agent and the filmmaker of a documentary that looks at the effects on the victims, their families and law enforcement.

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Western culture has highly stigmatized sex work, but is it time to decriminalize the trade? Up To Date takes a look at the pros and cons of legalizing prostitution. 

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Kansas City has been a center of sex trafficking, according to a U.S.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.

The governor signed the bill Monday saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.

“This will not only strengthen our ability to severely punish traffickers, but it will give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation,” says Brownback.

Trade Rep Forced To Leave U.S.

Jan 27, 2012

A Taiwanese trade representative has been sentenced to pay a fine and be deported on her Kansas City federal conviction for defrauding two servants.  By sentencing terms of U.S. District Judge Greg Kays, the victims will be paid a total of $80 thousand restitution.