The Story Behind Our "Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps" Series

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As a tourism mecca and with its history of importing agricultural workers, concern about human trafficking in Hawaii has run high in recent years.

We've seen accusations against Maui Land and Pineapple and the botched prosecution of the owners of Aloun Farms on Oahu. This year, the nation's largest human trafficking case ever will be prosecuted in Honolulu.

The issue surfaced prominently when Civil Beat launched in May 2010. That spring saw the Hawaii Legislature unanimously pass human trafficking legislation that was uniformly opposed by law enforcement and ultimately vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle.

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