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Maryland General Assembly
Conference puts a spotlight on human trafficking in Maryland

For all of her life Jen Spry kept buried a deep, dark secret — that at age 8 a neighbor routinely forced her to have sex with strange men and created pornography of her and other children who lived nearby. The abuse by the man who first befriended her with gifts of toys and money lasted two years. Spry's mom, who died a few years ago, never knew what had happened to her daughter. But Spry, 41, no longer suffers in silence, and Saturday she shared her story with a roomful at the Maryland Freedom Conference, held at Towson University as a way to draw attention to human trafficking in the state. The conference targeted average citizens, instead of most human trafficking...