How California's Law Enforcement Officers Are Combatting Human Trafficking

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How California's Law Enforcement Officers Are Combatting Human Trafficking


Service, City News, Pasadena Star-News


District attorneys and law enforcement authorities from across the state convened a summit in downtown Los Angeles Friday aimed at coordinating efforts to combat human trafficking - one of a half- dozen planned gatherings expected to occur over a six-month period.

"With this summit and the work of our local prosecutors' offices, we want to send a clear message to human traffickers and buyers of child sex that we know they exist and we are after them," Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. "I hope we also send a clear message to the victims of human trafficking, who are still in bondage, that we care about them and are looking for ways to help free them"

The summit, organized by the newly formed Human Exploitation and Trafficking Institute think tank, will also hold meetings in Orange County, Fresno, Sacramento and the Bay Area. According to organizers, the summits are aimed at gathering information on ways diverse communities across the state are responding to human trafficking.

Participants heard from law-enforcement professionals, service providers and survivors of sex trafficking.

"Phase I of the H.E.A.T. Institute is bring together county leaders, child welfare, education, law enforcement, criminal justice, health, the nonprofit sector and survivor voices to be part of a Blue Ribbon Commission," Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley said. "We will focus on regional responses to and understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and other victims of human trafficking. …

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