By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

It happens here

Sex trafficking forum shines spotlight on 'hidden' crimes


June 10, 2021


Iowa State Patrol Public Relations Officer Kevin Krull makes a point during a presentation about sex trafficking at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hartley on June 3.

One of the fastest-growing crimes in the country is expanding its roots in the Hawkeye State.

Iowa State Patrol Public Resource Officers Paul Gardner and Kevin Krull outlined the dangers of human trafficking during a special presentation June 3 in Hartley. Held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the two men made clear that "modern day slavery" takes place in all 50 states, in urban and rural regions, and in communities both wealthy and poor.

"We do see [victims], we just don't understand what we're seeing," said Krull.

Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide that affects an estim...

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