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Human trafficking on the rise in Montana, more people rescued

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Montana saw an increase in human trafficking cases between 2015 and 2016, according to Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.

Statistics compiled by the Division of Criminal Investigation found the total number of human trafficking case doubled.

The number of adult victims rescued increased by 83 percent, while the number of juveniles rescued increased 400 percent.

The Montana Department of Justice credits a quick response to tips and individual cases for the increase in arrests and identification of victims.

Justice Department spokesperson Anastasia Burton said the department will further highlight human trafficking in Montana with its Faces of Freedom Exhibit opening later this week.

"A lot of people aren't aware of somebody personally who's been involved in human trafficking, it's kind of an abstract concept for them. But when you see these portraits, it puts a face on the problem, you get to see real life survivors of the issue. it makes you think about what is my obligation as one person, to spot human trafficking, and makes you think what can i do about it."

The Faces of Freedom Exhibit includes portraits of human trafficking survivors.

It opens Wednesday at the state capitol, and will then make stops in Billings, Kalispell and Missoula.

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