Guam – The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) unite in opposition of human trafficking this week in Seattle, Washington.
The 2012 Presidential Initiative Summit, titled “Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General United Against Human Trafficking,” is hosted by NAAG and Attorney General Rapadas has been delegated the honor of moderating one of four sessions at the Summit.
He will be moderating a panel on the best practices of prosecuting traffickers and said, “The successful ‘triage’ of trafficking cases requires coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors, an understanding of the charging tools available, and training in successful trial advocacy strategies.”
AG Rapadas’ panel will consist of two federal prosecutors and two state prosecutors. Rapadas also said that he is excited to facilitate this discussion at the summit that brings together other U.S. Attorneys General, Mexican and Canadian Attorneys General, prosecutors, non-governmental organizations, and companies dedicated to fighting human trafficking.
“This collaboration with other attorneys general is a necessary measure to combat human trafficking both nationally and regionally since it knows no boundaries and crosses all borders,” said AG Rapadas.
Rapadas was also able to speak to Ambassador Luis DeBaca, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State.
Human trafficking involves several forms of slavery that include coercing or forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or forms of indentured servitude, compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography, and misleading victims into debt bondage.