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The victims' story here is a heartbreaking one, and sadly, all too familiar. Too often, victims are targeted, advertised online, and transported for purposes of prostitution while subjected to poor conditions, coercion, and often physical violence. Recognizing that human trafficking is a pervasive and troubling epidemic, Congress and state legislatures around the country have taken actions to criminalize trafficking, punish its offenders, and provide necessary services for trafficking victims. In 2011, Massachusetts enacted An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People ("Massachusetts Anti-Trafficking Statute") to address the problem of trafficking in the Commonwealth. Among other key provisions, the Massachusetts Anti-Trafficking Statute makes it a felony to traffic persons for sexual servitude. G.L. c. 265, § 50.



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