HONOLULU (AP) — Prosecutors from a dozen states and eight countries are meeting in Waikiki to talk about the global problem of sex trafficking.

They're planning to share strategies for bringing traffickers to justice.

The conference beginning Wednesday is being held in Hawaii which was the last state in the nation to formally ban sex trafficking.

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro says they intend to send a clear message that sex trafficking will not be tolerated.

Most of the law enforcement conference is closed to the media. Organizers say that's because they may talk about sensitive cases or law enforcement strategies.

International prosecutors are attending from Canada, China, Japan, Palau, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

American prosecutors are attending from states spanning the coasts and the Midwest.