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Sex Trafficking In North Carolina

This segment of The State of Things discusses issues that may be disturbing to some of our younger or more sensitive listeners.  

North Carolina ranks as one of the top 10 states for human commerce in the sex industry. Beginning October 1st, those convicted of trafficking in North Carolina will face harsher punishments under two new laws. 

The Safe Harbor law increases penalties for pimps and allows prostitutes who are first-time offenders to wipe their records clean.  Another law requires sex traffickers to register as sex offenders. Host Frank Stasio speaks to Lindsey Roberson, assistant district attorney in New Hanover County who helped draft both new laws; and Sheila Simpkins, a sex trafficking survivor who now works at Magdalene, a recovery program for sex trafficking victims. She is also an intervention specialist at End Slavery Tennessee.  

Shawn Wen joined the staff of The State of Things in March 2012 and served as associate producer until February 2014.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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