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Human Trafficking

A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services. The bill introduced would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which include legitimate dating websites as well as businesses that act as a front for prostitution and human trafficking. Money generated from the tax would go into an existing state fund to help pay for services for human trafficking survivors. Sen.

Nebraska's attorney general says the state's ability to fight human trafficking has improved substantially over the last several years thanks to recent laws that increase penalties for traffickers. Attorney General Doug Peterson said Monday that Nebraska is now well-positioned to address the problem. His comments came after Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed Monday as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Nebraska received an “A" grade for its policies last year from Shared Hope International, a group that advocates on the issue of human trafficking.

Tattoo Artists vs Human Trafficking

Jun 19, 2019

  Medical professionals and firefighters are understood to be on the front-line of Human Trafficking, but a new group of professionals is stepping up: tattoo artists. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is teaming up with the tattoo community to create a training model for artists; how to recognize and respond to human trafficking. Reporting from one of Omaha’s popular late-night tattoo shops, Omaha Public Radio’s Emily Chen-Newton explores the industry’s relationship to human trafficking and their efforts to subvert it. 

The Coalition on Human Trafficking is working to train hotel and motel employees to recognize the signs of sex trafficking.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials will target potential sex traffickers this year with more proactive law enforcement and an ad campaign at rest stops and other places where trafficking takes place.

Hotels Trained to Spot Human Trafficking

May 8, 2017

Approximately 90 hotels in and around the metro area have received training from the Coalition on Human Trafficking.

Passover Lecture Planned at UNO Schwalb Center on April 11

Apr 7, 2017

Next Tuesday, the UNO Schwalb Center will present a Passover lecture by Dr. Jane Gordon in conjunction with the photography exhibit “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery,” by humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine.  

Two leaders in the fight against human trafficking will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Monday, July 18. The lecture is set for 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Mammel Hall (6708 Pine Street). A pre-event reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.