ACTeams


August 12, 2011

Thousands of people in the United States are victims of human trafficking.


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Mollie Halpern: Thousands of people in the United States are victims of human trafficking.

Eric Thomas: Human trafficking is basically modern-day slavery.

Gina Young: People don’t realize that it’s happening in their own backyards.

Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and you’re listening to FBI, This Week. The FBI, along with the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor have launched a new initiative to dismantle human trafficking networks. The pilot program is made up of Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams, or ACTeams. Civil Rights Unit Chief Eric Thomas…

Thomas: They’re basically designed to bring the federal resources together to make sure that we investigate and prosecute these cases more effectively.

Halpern: ACTeams will initially be located in six cities, then implemented across the country. Supervisory Special Agent Gina Young leads the team in Atlanta.

Young: Human trafficking isn’t just a sexual exploitation problem—it’s a forced labor problem; it’s a domestic servitude problem.

Halpern: To learn how to report trafficking crimes, visit www.fbi.gov.

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