CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney said he hopes to combat human trafficking in underage prostitutes and coerced laborers through the formation of a commission that aims to change the way law enforcement deals with its victims.
"New Hampshire citizens pay traffickers every weekend to exploit these women for personal satisfaction," Delaney said, citing ads investigators have seen on the internet for sex with "very young women" in Portsmouth and Manchester, Salem and Nashua.
Delaney said the scope of the problem is unclear because police departments statewide report cases differently -- a dilemma the commission is expected to address.
According to Delaney, 200,000 children -- some as young as 11 years old -- are recruited nationwide each year by pimps who keep them captive and force them into prostitution.
Delaney said the victims of human trafficking are sometimes treated as criminals, when they need to be treated foremost as victims.