La PORTE – La Porte County Prosecutor John Espar spent Sunday afternoon educating local residents at First Baptist Church on human trafficking, how they may identify potential victims of the commercial sex industry and how La Porte County is working to combat such crimes.

Human trafficking, Espar told the crowd, happens when a victim has been recruited, harbored, transported and otherwise forced or coerced into performing a specific service, often of a sexual nature, for the financial gain of the person or people behind the exploitation.

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