HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. Nicholas Kristof spoke before a crowd of a couple hundred students, faculty and residents.
Kristof, a New York Times columnist, presented "Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide and Other Truths of the World" at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.
"Mississippi obviously has lots of challenges in terms of education, employment, inequality and health, like the entire country there's this issue of sex trafficking." Kristof said.
Kristof has travelled the world covering human rights abuses, social injustices and the ravages of war, according to a Southern Miss press release.
"This week is kind of a milestone because the website 'Backpage,' which has been used to peddle girls, was put out of business," Kristof said. "So it's kind of a triumph kind of week, but there's an awful long way to go."
He spoke of global human trafficking and the thousands women affected by it in the U.S.
"At it's extreme, it really is a modern form of slavery," Kristof said. "And this idea is still unfolding More than 150 years after emancipation should kind of be an embarrassment to all of us."