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Efforts to Halt Human Trafficking

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MISSOULA, Mont. -

In the United States, about 300,000 children are sexually exploited every year.

Attorney General Tim Fox has been a strong voice in the fight against human trafficking, his website proclaiming that this modern-day slavery is present in Big Sky Country.

The Montana Department of Justice website states that the average age of girls forced into the sex trade is between the ages of 12-14. It's estimated that fewer than 2% are ever rescued or leave "the life."

Missoula does have an anti-human trafficking task force that has been making efforts to bring awareness to the cause.

Montana's first ever anti-trafficking semi-truck sign was unveiled on Sunday and that sign will be driven thousands of miles annually across Montana for any and all eyes to see.

Montana DOJ is planning on introducing a bill in the upcoming legislative session to help revise Montana's human trafficking laws.

The goal is to fashion them to they're in line with the "Uniform Human Trafficking Law."

Officials say human trafficking has become a $32 billion-a- year industry, but perhaps with the new attention and intent to change, that number will slowly but surely dwindle.

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