The 'dark underworld business' of sex trafficking in Louisiana

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Some call it sex trafficking. Others call it modern-day slavery.

It's happening in Louisiana — on a much larger scale than most people realize — and Caddo is among the parishes with the highest number of child and adult victims recovered in the state.

Caddo Parish had 22 confirmed cases of human trafficking in 2015, according to Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services data.

Only East Baton Rouge parish with 62 human trafficking victims and Orleans parish with 47 had more, according to DCFS figures. The number of those victims who were children in each parish were 8, 8 and 29, respectively.

But it's not all about the numbers. There is a real human cost.

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