Indiana’s attorney general headed to Mexico to tackle human trafficking

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 12, 2015)-- Attorney General Greg Zoeller is headed to Mexico to tackle human trafficking and the drug cartel. Both issues are having a direct impact on the Hoosier State.

From an increased amount of drugs on Indiana's streets, people feeding out of control drug addictions, even offering their bodies as payment, Zoeller says all of these vices go hand in hand.

"It's part of an organized crime element that deals in both commercial sex as well as human trafficking and drugs. So a lot of this is coordinated because it's the same people," said Zoeller.

Zoeller is headed to Mexico this week to take on all of those issues plaguing our communities. He'll be joined by other attorneys general and the Mexican authorities who are struggling to get a grip on the drug cartel. The Mexico City conference, officially known as the CWAG Alliance Partnership Binational State Attorney General Exchange, is a follow-up to a training event Zoeller hosted in Indianapolis back in 2010.

"The same drug problems we complain about coming out of Mexico, particularly the heroin supply is really what they see it as the supply of guns and money to arm the drug cartels," said Zoeller.

The weak and vulnerable are caught in the middle. Runaways forced into the sex trade or addicts selling their bodies for drugs. Human trafficking is gaining momentum in Indiana.

"Around the larger events you'll see the uptake of greater demands sometimes on Backpage," said Zoeller.

During the recent Final Four, online ads for forced sex and prostitution numbered a hundred a day.

"It's really one of the fastest growing crimes all over the United States."

Zoeller says he  hopes to come home with a plan to share information and tackle crime when it crosses the border.