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Missouri AG's office to join FBI's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force

Missouri AG's office to join FBI's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force

May 21st, 2019 in Local News

Eric Schmitt speaks after being sworn in as Missouri's 43rd attorney general Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Monday that his office is joining the FBI's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

The Child Exploitation Task Force was initiated in 2013, and combined with the Human Trafficking Task Force in 2019. The task force works to pool resources, increase coordination, and work towards more efficient ways to promote awareness and build cases against traffickers. With Monday's announcement, the attorney general's office will now dedicate staff to participating in task force meetings and other procedures.

The attorney general's office already has resources to raise awareness about human trafficking. Makemofree.com has a series of training videos that show citizens how to spot human trafficking and how to report it, as well as hotline numbers.

The Aattorney General's Human Trafficking Task Force, which is separate from the FBI Task Force, has trained approximately 3,000 people ranging from law enforcement, health officials, government employees, and citizens. Recently, the task force partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking for a summit to educate truckers on how they can help combat human trafficking.