Extra! Extra! podcast hosts Caitlyn Kelleher and Joy Richard jump into their first interview with Wicked Local News Bank Editor and veteran reporter Gerry Tuoti.

The pair spends the episode breaking down Wicked Local's most recent special report on the impact human trafficking has on cities and towns around the region.

Kelleher and Richard are the hosts of Wicked Local's newest podcast, Extra! Extra!, a podcast that dives deeper into the world of community journalism, what drives editors and reporters and what makes local journalism important and special to the communities each publication represents.

This week, Kelleher and Richard find out not only how the crime of human trafficking affects its victims and how local law enforcement is working to combat the problem, but also the process Tuoti took in researching the topic, how he came to know his sources and his takeaway on one of the fastest growing issues in the Commonwealth.

"Human trafficking is an issue that is more prevalent than people realize, even here in Massachusetts," said Tuoti during a phone interview with Kelleher and Richard.

He added that in 2011, the state became the 48th in the U.S. to enact a human trafficking law.

The issue affects every sex, age and economic walk of life. Tuoti said his sources said the transition into become trapped into the web of trafficking is not sudden, it is one that happens slowly as the trafficker, or in many cases pimp, grooms their victims into a sense of trust. He said once the women or men are trapped, they have little means of escaping, with some even losing their passports and identification, making them commodities. Something bought, sold and used.

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