- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Longtime anti-human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp are touring western North Dakota to look at the state’s human trafficking challenges.

Cindy McCain is the co-founder of the McCain Institute and wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain. She will join Heitkamp in Watford City on Sunday to hear firsthand about the unique challenges the state is facing and the work being done to combat human trafficking.

The Watford City gathering follows others previously held in Bismarck and Williston. It will bring together advocates, victims’ services, health care professionals, law enforcement and community leaders.

The McCain Institute, based at Arizona State University, is working to create the first comprehensive estimate of human trafficking in the U.S. and establish a web-based clearinghouse on trafficking information.

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