Cleveland Selected for Federal Grant to Combat Human Trafficking

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Cleveland has been selected among six cities to participate an initiative aimed at streamlining the investigation and prosecution of federal human trafficking offenses

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland has been selected among six cities to participate an initiative aimed at streamlining the investigation and prosecution of federal human trafficking offenses.

The city will be part of an Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) Initiative, according to U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach. “This designation will allow us to build on our success here in Northern Ohio by devoting more resources to investigating and prosecuting human trafficking,” Dettelbach said. “The cases we have prosecuted remind us time and again that labor trafficking and sex trafficking hide in plain sight.”

ACTeams are aimed at developing high-impact human trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, international sex trafficking, and sex trafficking of adults by force, fraud, and coercion, complementing Project Safe Childhood and related efforts aimed at combating child sexual exploitation, including child sex trafficking.

The program will also bring together federal prosecutors and federal agents from multiple federal investigative agencies to develop and implement proactive anti-trafficking case identification, investigation, and prosecution strategies in close coordination with one another and with national anti-trafficking subject matter experts.

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