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U.S. senators research sex trafficking in Mexico

U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Amy Klobuchar are spending part of Congress’ recess in Mexico, hoping to bring back ideas on how to crack down on sex trafficking.

Across the U.S., an estimated 100,000 children are forced into sex trafficking every year. Mexico, Heitkamp said, is one country “we’re deeply concerned about” – not just as an origin of sex trafficking but as a thoroughfare for other victims shuttled to the United States from Central America and South America.

During their trip, Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will meet with the attorney general of Mexico, Mexico’s undersecretary for North America and many local organizations to learn “how we can work more collaboratively to protect victims of human trafficking and sex crimes,” Heitkamp said.

The pair is traveling with Cindy McCain, a vocal advocate of taking on human trafficking and the wife of John McCain, Arizona senator and former presidential candidate.

Both senators arrived in Mexico on Monday and will return to the U.S. Wednesday. The trip is being paid for by the U.S. Department of State.

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