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Sex trafficking and tattoos

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Sex trafficking and tattoosTattoos can be a good way to catch human traffickers. What to watch out for.
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Sex trafficking and tattoos

TAKE GREAT PRIDEIN THEIR WORK...AND NOW THATWORK COULD PUTTHE BRAKES ON AGROWINGPROBLEM...HUMANTRAFFICKING.REPORTER ALEXMCLOON LOOKS ATHOW THEY ARETEAMING UP WITHRESEARCHERSFROM U-N-M-C TOHELP."2945 WE DOLIFECHANGINGTATTOOS EVERYDAY." BUT SOMELIFE CHANGINGTATTOOS AREGETTING PASTTATTOO ARTISTS.MEL JUDKINS RUNSBLACK SQUIRRELTATTOO, WHICHWAS APPROACHEDBY RESEARCHERSAT UNMCEXAMINING HUMANTRAFFICKING.EXPERTS SAYARTISTS HAVE ACRITICALOPPORTUNITY TODETECT VICTIMSFORCED TO BEBRANDED FORSOLICITINGPURPOSES.MEL'S BEEN IN THEBUSINESS FORABOUT 20 YEARS...SHE SAYS THIS ISALL EYE-OPENING.MEL JUDKINSSQUIRRELL TATTOO"2945 37:40 YOULOOK BACK ONYOUR CAREER ANDREALIZE, I MAYHAVE COME INCONTACT WITHHUMANTRAFFICKERSBEFORE AND HADNO IDEA.I DIDN'T KNOW THESIGNS SO I'MREALLY LOOKINGFORWARD TO THISEDUCATION."COMMONMARKINGSINCLUDE BARCODES.LOCALINVESTIGATORSSAY DOLLAR SIGNS,NAMES, ANDSLANG WORDSLIKE "WIFEY" AREALSO POPULAR,BUT CAN BEHIDDEN INSIDELIPS.THEY'RE ALSOWORKING WITHNEBRASKAMEDICAL CENTER.ALEX STANDUPUNMC'S DR.RAJARAM IS THEONE WHOSPEARHEADEDTHIS WHOLETHING.SHE'S DONEEXTENSIVERESEARCH INTOSEX TRAFFICKING."48:14 ONE OF THETHINGS THAT CAMEUP IS THE TATTOOS...48:31 IT'S HURTFULFOR THE WOMENTO BE BRANDEDTHAT WAY.EVEN AFTER THEYGET OUT OF THETRAFFICKING, THEYFEEL THECONSTANTREMINDER OF THEPAST." DR.RAJARAM WANTSTO SPREADAWARENESS TOARTISTS LIKE MELWHO WILL BE AT ANUPCOMING TATTOOCONVENTION INCOUNCIL BLUFFS.RAJARAM ALSOENCOURAGESARTISTS TO PICKUP ON COVER-UPTATTOOS THATCOULD BEHOMEMADE, WHICHARE ANOTHERSIGN OF VICTIMS."2945 43:18 TOCHANGESOMEBODY'S LIFEIN A WAY WHERETHEY'VE HAD SUCHA TERRIBLE PASTAND NOW THEYCAN LOOK TO ABRIGHTERFUTURE--THERE'SNO BETTERFEELING AS ATATTOO ARTIST TOREALLY GIVE THATTO SOMEONE."ALEX MCLOON 3NEWS NOW.




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