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Utah joins fight against human trafficking

Published December 19, 2013 7:23 pm

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Acting Utah Attorney General Brian Tarbet has joined other states in asking Congress to fund anti-human trafficking measures.

Tarbet said in a Wednesday news release that human trafficking is happening in Utah.

He and 46 other attorneys general sent a letter Wednesday asking Congress to fund a measure passed in 2000 designed to protect human-trafficking victims and help prosecute people doing the trafficking.

Tarbet asks feds to crack down on patent trolls

Tarbet is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate patent trolls.

Tarbet joined 42 other attorneys general seeking relief. They say patent trolls are making problems for small business and stifling innovation.

In a letter to the FTC, they say operators are buying and turning patents into weapons to extract money from consumers, nonprofit organizations and small businesses using off-the-shelf commercial technology — often printers, scanners and wireless routers.