MISSOULA, Mont. - The idea of selling and enslaving people seems like a problem of the past, but it's an injustice that occurs every day across the world, and at home in Montana.
That's why global human trafficking is the focus of the 2014 Mansfield Conference at the University of Montana.
This year directors chose to focus on global human trafficking, an industry that includes sex trafficking, forced labor and the movement of people across borders for exploitation.
"This is an issue that touches every state in the United States. It's the second largest criminal industry in the world, right behind drug trafficking. It's a $32 billion industry, and it's hard to believe these numbers."
According to officials at the conference, they estimate more than 17,000 people are trafficked each year across the United States.