Kansas and Missouri have been chosen to participate in a nationwide initiative to enhance enforcement against human trafficking, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced today.
A new team of federal prosecutors and investigators will work as part of an Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team, known as an ACTeam, for the two states.
Freedom from slavery is every persons most basic human right, Grissom said in a statement released by his office. The anti-trafficking team will give us the tools we need to fight this cruel, despicable practice wherever we find it.
The project has been developed the past year by the departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. The first phase of the plan calls for pilot teams to streamline criminal enforcement and prosecutions in Kansas City, Mo.; Atlanta, Ga.; El Paso, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Los Angeles and Miami.