Examples of young foreign girls sold into sex slavery have generated headlines following several high-profile arrests.
What hasn’t generated as much attention, according to Anaheim Police officials, are the rising numbers of American girls coerced into similar horrific situations.
The Anaheim Police Department recently won a federal grant to combat the issue of domestic human trafficking.
“It’s a serious problem that has not received adequate attention or resources,” said Lt. Julian Harvey.
The two-year, $362,330 Department of Justice grant calls for a multi-disciplinary approach involving law enforcement in partnership with Community Services Programs (CSP), a victim services provider.
“Our application outlined a collaborative, preventive model… our goal is to return the victims to a life free from the sex trade while going after and prosecuting the traffickers,” Harvey said.
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