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December 16, 2009 10:15 PM

Ideas from the experts: Jolene Smith of Free the Slaves

The Kansas City Star asked top human trafficking experts across the country to identify ways to improve America’s anti-slavery efforts at home. Their responses were edited for length. Among them was

Jolene Smith


CEO and co-founder of an anti-trafficking nonprofit called Free the Slaves:

“Nearly a year ago, the American people took a strong stand against slavery. During a time of great national worry — the financial crisis and rising unemployment — last December Congress passed and President Bush signed the toughest anti-trafficking law to ever exist in the United States.

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