Justice Week kicks off at UNK with Attorney General Doug Peterson

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - It's called the modern slave trade and the issue was addressed Monday night as the International Justice Mission at UNK kicked off "Justice Week."

When it comes to prosecuting human trafficking you have to start at the top. The group invited Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson to speak about his office's efforts to curb the trafficking issue here in Nebraska.

The group also looks to raise awareness of forced labor, global violence and how the community can help in putting an end to human trafficking.

The attorney general said the laws are finally catching up and they are prosecuting the buyers as well as the sellers.

"One of the things that has really been encouraging in the last four years is how much community interest has grown and how much people care. The challenge is how to get them plugged in and offer them different ways they can help," said Peterson.

Tuesday they will have an information booth and screen documentaries, showcasing International Justice Mission's work.

Wednesday they will have a 24-Hour Stand at the Bell Tower. Things conclude Friday with a Celebrate Justice event.

Human trafficking generates $150 billion annually