Oct 31, 2014 5:07 PM

Hooksett motel connected to human trafficking arrests


A state conference in Nashua addressed human trafficking, also known as forced prostitution or forced labor. St Joseph Healthcare hosted the event, saying it's one of the world's fastest growing crimes.

Erin Albright, anti-traffic coordinator for the International Institute of New England, discussed legislation passed this year that strengthens the law in New Hampshire and protects victims.

She says arrests may be more frequent because of awareness of the new law

In the last week, two men were arrested by Hampton Police in connection to a sex traffic ring.

The investigation led police to the Firebird Motel in Hooksett where electronics were seized.

Police say the men were forcing young adult women into prostitution through intimidation and drug use.

Elizabeth Heath has worked at the motel for 15 years. She says they can't control what their guests do once they book a room.

There's a quiet neighborhood located behind the motel. Neighbors say they notice some criminal activity. They're not surprised to hear there was an arrest made connected to human trafficking.

The motel says police do routine patrols there and they comply with all investigations.

Meantime , the conference aims to further the conversation about sex trafficking and continue to protect the victims.


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