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The event was organized by Denver-based non-profit Restoration Project International and held at Kingdom Connection Christian Church in Aurora. There is a link between human trafficking and sexual exploitation,’ according to Restoration Project International.
In highlighting the problem through its website and community education efforts in Colorado, among other things, the organization tracts and monitors trafficking activities stemming from countries that have experienced war, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Darfur region of South Sudan.
In her speech on the subject, Carroll, a democrat representing state District 29, said there is plenty of interest from lawmakers in Colorado to deal with the issue across state lines and around the world. She referenced senate bill HB14-1273 recently passed by the Colorado General Assembly and signed by the governor.
The bill forbids any human trafficking activity in the state. The bill also resulted in the creation of what is now called the Colorado Human Trafficking Council, whose role is to bring together community and state-wide leadership to collaborate on the issue, provide services as well as prosecution of human traffickers.
While this is a global issue, Carroll said the bill was drafted thanks to plenty of input from non-profit organizations that are fighting the issue, including Restoration Project International.