You'd Better Sit Down 

click to enlarge ADAM ROSENLUND
  • Adam Rosenlund
While putting together this week's news feature on sex trafficking in Idaho, I seriously considered the headline, "You Might Want to Sit Down Before Reading This." I don't think it will come as a surprise to most people that human trafficking has made its way to Idaho, but it's a pretty sure bet that you'll be as stunned as we were when you learn how prolific the sex trade has become in the Treasure Valley.

"Where are these young girls who have been victimized? They're in our neighborhoods. They're attending schools with our kids," Idaho Anti-trafficking Coalition Director Jennifer Zielinski told us. "They're victims of trafficking through coercion or force, quite often by members of their own family."

The coalition is planning a long-overdue training session, free to the public, for Tuesday, April 10, but you can learn more about the growing crisis in our story, "Trafficked," on pages 6 and 7.

Speaking of personal crises, you can read our conversation with Elizabeth Smart on page 19. It has been nearly 16 years since Smart, then 14 years old, was abducted at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home. Today, she's a wife, mother of two and author of a new book.We also spoke with Lee Rainie, director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, about "the future of truth" in advance of his talk at Boise State University—read more on page 22.

On a much happier note, Staff Writer Lex Nelson reports on her visit to Txikiteo, a restaurant/wine bar in the Linen District, on page 18. The eatery opened its doors on the ground floor of the Watercooler apartment building during Treefort Music Fest. Plus, Senior Staff Writer Harrison Berry has a preview of appearances from comedians Jay Mohr and Pauly Shore at Liquid Laughs on page 17.

Finally, check out our coverage of some high-profile film offerings that will fill the cineplexes in the coming weeks. Traditionally, springtime isn't known for quality movies, but it appears that's changing, what with the films Isle of Dogs and Solo: A Star Wars Story coming our way sooner than later. Read more on page 21.

—George Prentice, News Editor


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