Human Trafficking Charges Against 25 People in Mass.

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Massachusetts has charged 25 people with human trafficking since a new law aimed at cracking down on pimps who exploit children and women went into effect a little more than four years ago.
Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday announced the indictments of five people in three human trafficking schemes.
Healey said one of them used the powerful opiate fentanyl to coerce women into prostitution - supplying them with the drug in exchange for engaging in sex with men and then collecting all the money they received, at times requiring they meet a nightly quota.
She said the traffickers prey on vulnerable women and profit from exploiting them. She said many women involved in sex trafficking were lured into the trade as teenagers and had personal struggles and little support early in their lives. She also targeted men who purchase sex, saying they drive the illicit trade.
"This is not a victimless crime," she said. "This is not, to be clear, an issue of consulting sex between adults."

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