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Jan 11, 2010 5:04 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Calif. adds 2 human trafficking task forces

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is adding two task forces dedicated to combatting human trafficking.

The California Emergency Management Agency announced Monday it will award nearly $3 million to create the task forces and support the six already in operation.

Agency spokesman Jay Alan says the money will help the state crack down on traffickers and aid victims over a three-year period.

The agency estimates California is among the top states for
human trafficking, which can involve forced labor, domestic
servitude and other forms of slavery and exploitation.

The existing task forces are comprised of law enforcement and non-government groups in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Orange County and Oakland. Alan says the new task force locations have not yet been determined.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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