MU student works to stop human trafficking

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | 6:29 p.m. CDT; updated 11:08 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — When most people think of human trafficking, they imagine children and young women in far-flung, war-torn nations on the other side of the world. It’s a fuzzy picture, because the concept of human trafficking — the buying, selling or transporting of human beings for forced labor or sexual exploitation without their consent — seems so removed from daily Midwestern life that it is difficult to grasp.