Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors discuss strategies at sex trafficking summit


The 2016 International Sex Trafficking Summit wrapped up Friday at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Molokai Ballroom.

Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors from around the U.S. and the world were on hand to discuss the strategies to fight human trafficking.

Summit co-chair and city prosecuting attorney Keith Kaneshiro said “I learned from the Philippines that they have a very good customs and immigration program and we can learn from that. They have a law that they can prosecute, things that other countries are doing that could help us.”

Kaneshiro said better cooperation and communication can be two main results to come out of the conference.

“We intend to send a clear message that sex trafficking will not be tolerated, develop enforcement strategies that can fit national and regional needs, aggressively pursue prosecution of traffickers and secure justice for victims,” he said.

International prosecutors represented Canada, China, Japan, Palau, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

American prosecutors came from Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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