Sex trafficking an alarming reality in region

CAPITAL REGION — Slavery isn’t just a thing of the past.

Human trafficking, or forcing a person through fraud or coercion to engage in commercial sex acts or labor services, is the most common form of modern-day slavery, according to

SAFE Inc. of Schenectady, with the county Department of Social Services, works every day to end youth homelessness and sexual exploitation in the area.

“People often mistakenly think sex trafficking is just overseas and in major cities, but it’s right here,” said Melanie Puorto-Conte, SAFE’s resource developer and the former director of suicide prevention initiative with the state Office of Mental Health. “It’s here, and it’s been here a long, long time.”
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