- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Five North Dakota organizations are coming together in a coalition aimed at better combatting sex trafficking in the state.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1nyR7WJ ) reports the coalition will be made up of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, First Nations Women’s Alliance, North Dakota’s Women’s Network, the National Association of Social Workers-North Dakota and CAWS North Dakota. The coalition is called A Force to End Human Sexual Exploitation and is known by the acronym FUSE.

State and local officials in the oil patch identify human trafficking as a major problem that has been an unwelcomed byproduct of North Dakota’s oil boom.

Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota executive director Tim Hathaway says the groups will be able to combat human trafficking better by working together.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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