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Sacramento selected for new federal effort to combat human trafficking

Sacramento has been selected as one of six locations across the United States to form new federal task forces to combat human trafficking.

The task forces are part of the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team Initiative, an interagency federal law enforcement initiative aimed at streamlining the investigation and prosecution of federal human trafficking offenses, according to Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California.

Sacramento was selected based on the commitment to identifying, investigating and prosecuting forced labor, international sex trafficking and adult sex trafficking; the prevalence or suspected existence of these types of trafficking in the Sacramento area; and the cooperation among various law enforcement agencies and the U.S. attorney’s office to combat human trafficking, according to a news release.

Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams bring together federal prosecutors and federal agents from federal investigative agencies to develop and implement anti-trafficking case identification, investigation and prosecution strategies in coordination with each other and with national anti-trafficking experts, officials said. The new team will include personnel from the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Other sites selected to form the new task forces are Cleveland, Minneapolis, Newark, N.J., Portland, Maine, and Portland, Ore.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy