June 12, 2014

Human Trafficking Task Force Created to Raise Awareness of Issue; Find Ways to Help Victims

A new Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force has been named by County Executive Ike Leggett to explore possible new County legislation to combat human trafficking and raise awareness of the forms human trafficking takes in the County.

Chaired by County Commission for Women (CFW) member Bobbe Mintz, the task force will also review ways to improve services provided by the County to  trafficking victims.

After consulting with the police department, CFW sent a written request to the County Executive to recommend the establishment of a task force to study the issue of human trafficking in the County. “We believe the public is largely unaware that human trafficking and its tragic consequences exist right here in Montgomery County,” said Mintz, speaking on behalf of the commission. “One of the first goals of this task force is to shine a light on this serious problem.”

Read more in news release.

Watch news conference video.