Nov 10, 2014 6:35 PM
CONCORD - The human slave trade has skyrocketed over the years with more than 20 million victims worldwide.
Experts say the most troubling part is that it's happening everywhere.
That's just one of the reasons why New Hampshire law enforcement and legislators are trying to get the word out.
"It's a dirty little secret," said Nashua Police Detective Marc Anderson.
A hidden crime that experts agree most know nothing about.
Now those same experts are shedding light on the problem at a recent conference in Nashua.
"The reason why you don't usually hear about it is human trafficking is one of the hardest crimes to identify and never mind prosecute," said Anderson.
Just last month in Hampton, police arrested two men and accused them of forcing women to prostitute themselves by holding them against their will with drugs.
Police say they later broke up that alleged ring.
Meantime, New Hampshire is one of the first states to make human trafficking a state crime.
In 2009, state legislators passed a bill making it a felony and four years later, the Attorney General's Office creating a commission to provide training to law enforcement officers to find and identify victims.
Victims like Evelyn Chumbow, who was brought to the United States at the age of 9, was held against her will.
She spoke at the conference so others don't fall into the trap she did.
"I've made it a vow ever since I was rescued to speak out," said Chumbow.
Meantime, the second person convicted under federal forced labor laws took place took place in Litchfield.
Now if you think it's happening in your neighborhood, you're urged to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 888-373-8888 or visit the organization's website.
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