Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour speaks at conference addressing human trafficking

08/14/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

North Dakota – Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour, who was kidnapped and held captive for 9 months at the age of 14, recently attended a conference during which she shared her experiences while addressing the issue of human trafficking. As reported by KSFY, the three-day conference sponsored by U.S. Attorneys in the Dakotas, was held in Sioux Falls and aimed to raise awareness about violence and human trafficking in North and South Dakota.

Smart-Gilmour is quoted in the report as stating in a round table discussion of the issues, “It’s everywhere whether you accept it or not… It’s in my hometown. It’s here in your hometown. It’s everywhere, and as soon as we open our eyes and acknowledge that, the sooner we can start to make a difference.”

Among the topics discussed at the conference were the vulnerability of women and children when it comes to who is pulled into human trafficking rings.

South Dakota U.S. Attorney General Brenda Johnson is quoted as stating of the issue, “I mean the fact of the matter is these victims are often the most vulnerable in our community and if the community itself is not taking care of our own children, there are predators out there that are looking to take advantage of that situation.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – North Dakota Legal News

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