Iowa governor calls for crackdown on human trafficking

Posted at 11:12 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 00:12:33-04

The State of Iowa is taking action against sex trafficking. Gov. Kim Reynolds called for a crackdown across the state.

The state will now work with all hotel and motel workers to recognize victims being sold for sex and what to do.

"Dozens of victims are trafficked in Iowa hotels and motels every single day,” Reynolds said. “Having more eyes and ears in every single corner of our state and every community can help.”

Investigators believe more than half of all human trafficking cases take place in hotels and motels, especially next to the interstate.

Hotels in Omaha are already working with police to be on the lookout for such cases.