Agencies launch task force to crack down on human trafficking

Agencies launch task force to crack down on human trafficking
The Northwest Louisiana Human Trafficking Task Force was launched Tuesday morning, made up of various agencies. (Source: Christian Piekos)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Federal, state and local agencies gathered Tuesday at the federal courthouse in downtown Shreveport to launch an initiative to crack down on human trafficking.

Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, the task force will work to identify, investigate and prosecute criminals.

The task force is also made up of non-governmental agencies, including civic, faith-based and social services.

“I think we have a lot of people from out of town coming here primarily because of the gaming industry and the entertainment options that are available,” said David Joseph, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. “It’s also a major corridor with (I-)49 and I-20 coming through here.”

The FBI, Louisiana State Police, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, among others, are involved in the task force.

“Human trafficking is a crime that involved systematic abuse of individual rights, freedom and human dignity,” said Joseph. “While we live in a good community, we know this does go on.”

The task force will meet monthly to share information, coordinate investigations and discuss active cases.

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