- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The bishop of the Fargo Catholic Diocese says he’s deeply troubled by the recent rise in North Dakota human trafficking cases and expects the church will eventually taking a larger role in helping human trafficking victims.

Bishop John Folda tells KFGO-AM the church has the structure and the resources to make a difference.

State government and law enforcement officials say sex trafficking is a growing problem in North Dakota, particularly in the oil patch.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said earlier this week the number of responses law enforcement officers receive after posting phony sex advertisements offering underage women is alarming. Stenehjem said arresting would-be sex offenders has become like “shooting fish in a barrel.”

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