Nebraska has launched a new public awareness campaign against human trafficking.
Attorney General Doug Peterson says the campaign will aim at those who buy minors for sex.
Posters warning buyers they will be prosecuted will be displayed throughout the state, especially at rest stops along Interstate 80 which appears to be where the most active sex market operates in Nebraska.
The initiative is called Demand An End. Advocates note child sex trafficking exists in Nebraska due not just to supply, but demand. Demand An End warns those who buy sex with minors they will face harsh prosecution.
“You could be looking at a minimum 20 years in jail and I would think that would cause some people really to think twice,” according to Peterson. “This is a two-part equation, a supplier and a buyer. Oftentimes we think of the supplier, the trafficker as the villain, but there wouldn’t be a trafficker if there weren’t buyers.”
Peterson has joined with state senators to approve anti-human trafficking legislation. He says the recent efforts to raise awareness about the scourge of human trafficking seems to be making a difference.
“Human trafficking is something that I think the state has a much greater awareness of now than it would have four years ago. So, I’m very encouraged and now the next step is prosecutions.”
Today is designated National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.