Only a few years ago, it was largely a foreign concept to Maine residents that adults and children were being trafficked in the state. The issue has risen to the forefront, though, especially after a three-day nationwide sweep this weekend in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation charged 159 men with various sex crimes and human trafficking and rescued more than 105 child victims from motels, casinos and truck stops.

What can communities do about sex trafficking?

Read this July 30 editorial about how Maine can expand awareness building into reaching more victims, so they can get the help they need.

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on domestic and...