Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force Formed
The group, spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, will aim at improving on the detection, investigation, prosecution, and victim assistance efforts in human trafficking matters throughout the Tampa Bay area.
TAMPA – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez today (May 17) annouced the formation of the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force.
The group, which held its first meeting Thursday (May 16), consists of federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors, along with several victims’ services organizations.
Members of the task force will work collectively to improve upon the detection, investigation, prosecution, and victim assistance efforts in human trafficking matters throughout the Tampa Bay area.
“Combating human trafficking is a priority for the Department of Justice and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners,” Chapa Lopez. “The Tampa Division of the United States Attorney’s Office covers eight counties and serves a population of over 4.4 million people. We intend to combine the resources, efforts and expertise of our task force partners to fight human trafficking at every level, from prevention, investigation and enforcement, to supporting the victims of these heinous crimes.”
The eight counties covered are Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota.
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