Study finds trafficking victims in Arizona courts

PHOENIX - An Arizona State University report has found more than 150 sex trafficking victims in the state's juvenile court system.

Researchers at the ASU School of Social Work plan to present the results of the survey Tuesday at a meeting of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council.

According to the study, 161 juveniles who are getting treatment or services through the court said they had been forced or coerced into sexual acts in exchange for money or goods.

Cindy McCain, who co-chaired a state task force on the issue, will also be at the meeting to discuss the report.

Gov. Jan Brewer appointed a task force to examine how Arizona laws combat human trafficking.

The ASU report, which was done in March, was funded by the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

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