BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bar Association is sponsoring a free symposium to bring together groups committed to addressing human trafficking.
"Human Trafficking: A Call to Action" will include representatives of law enforcement, legal services, human services, academia and the government for an extended discussion and sharing of information on the problem.
Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation that provides criminal penalties for sexual servitude and enticing a child to engage in prostitution or commercial sexual activity. Policy recommendations by state Attorney General Martha Coakley's task force on additional steps to address trafficking are due by the end of the summer.
Since February 2012, there have been four major arrests in the Boston area related to human trafficking.
The symposium will be held Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar association's headquarters.