Jan 07, 2020 7:01 PM

State well-positioned to stop human trafficking

Posted Jan 07, 2020 7:01 PM

Nebraska's attorney general says the state's ability to fight human trafficking has improved substantially over the last several years thanks to recent laws that increase penalties for traffickers.

Attorney General Doug Peterson said Monday that Nebraska is now well-positioned to address the problem. His comments came after Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed Monday as Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Nebraska received an “A" grade for its policies last year from Shared Hope International, a group that advocates on the issue of human trafficking. Nebraska officials have also launched a public awareness campaign to educate the public about sex and labor trafficking.

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Authorities seeking inmate who didn't return from job hunt

An inmate who'd been given permission to leave the state's Community Corrections Center-Lincoln so he could find a job has not returned.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says Lincoln police were notified that Anthony Durand had not returned by 5 p.m. Monday.

The department also says Durand managed to remove the monitoring device he was wearing.

A prisons spokeswoman said Tuesday morning that she had no new information about Durand.

Durand started serving his three-year prison sentence on Sept. 18 last year. He'd been charged with methamphetamine possession, theft and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest.