#sextrafficking | DOJ awards local task force $1.5 million grant to help fight human trafficking | #tinder | #pof | #match

The Department of Justice on Monday awarded a local law enforcement task force a $1.5 million grant to help combat human trafficking.

San Antonio has become a primary hub for sex trafficking during the past three years and nearly 25 percent of human trafficking victims are found in Texas, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The STOP Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in response to the rise in human trafficking in the area and is led by the San Antonio Police Department in conjunction with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission and more.

The task force will use the new funds to increase community identification of all forms of human trafficking, rescue victims and prosecute traffickers, according to a DOJ news release.

“The concepts of human trafficking are often misunderstood. The need for increased public awareness, education, and training will increase the identification and reporting of suspected human trafficking,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus in the news release.

The task force provides specialized training for local law enforcement agencies and victim service providers to help increase arrests and convictions. It is also available to provide training and educational presentations to local businesses about what communities can do to better recognize the signs of human trafficking.

Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for MySA.com | taylor.pettaway@express-news.net | @TaylorPettaway

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