Star Tribune staff writer

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar used a high-profile speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to tout nominee Hillary Clinton's decades-long battle against human trafficking and the exploitation of women and girls. 

"When women are held back, democracies falter. When woman are bound and treated as sex slaves, tyrants rule," Klobuchar said. She cited recent reports that ISIS is kidnapping girls and selling them as sex slaves. 

Klobuchar, a former Hennepin County District Attorney, pushed for a bill last year that sought to curb human trafficking. 

Minnesota's senior senator then introduced a survivor of human trafficking.  

Tuesday night at the convention has featured a series of speakers highlighting Clinton's policy fights and achievements during nearly four decades of public life, interspersed with some attacks on her GOP opponent Donald Trump. 

At top, Associated Press photo by J. Scott Applewhite
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke about human trafficking in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the second day of the Democratic National Convention.