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'Fraud, Force Or Coercion': Human Trafficking in Vt.

Belinda A. Stojanovic

Vermont's law against human trafficking went into effect in 2011, and the Task Force that's implementing it is still working to understand the scope of the problem here, and raise public awareness about how vulnerable young women can become victims of sex traffickers in Vermont.

Federal and state law define human trafficking as fraud, force or coercion for the purposes of exploitation. That encompasses exploited labor and sex trafficking. Our guest, Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Ross, says the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force that she co-chairs is particularly interested in the connection between the drug trade and sex trafficking in the state. We also talk with Edith Klimoski of Give Way To Freedom, a Vermont-based organization that educates perpetrators, service providers and the general public about human trafficking.

Also in the program, bread. You may have grown up eating Wonderbread, but if you’re inclined to expand your bread horizons, there are a lot of bakers in Vermont making loaves by hand. One of the leaders of the artisanal bread trend in San Francisco is Morrisville native Josey Baker. He didn’t grow up baking here, but he learned a lot from Vermont’s food trends and shares his experience with Vermont Edition.

Broadcast live on Wed., July 9, 2014 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.