Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday the Justice Department plans to expand a pilot anti-trafficking program that has successfully dismantled sex rings and cracked down on corrupt actors in various states across the nation.
"In the first two years, the number of prosecutions and convictions for human-trafficking crimes rose significantly across the country, but were dramatically more pronounced in the ACTeam pilot districts — where we more than doubled the numbers of cases filed and defendants charged," she said. "In the two years before we convened the ACTeams, these six districts had filed a total of 16 human trafficking cases against 35 defendants. During the two years of Phase I, they filed 35 cases against 75 defendants. The ACTeams contributed significantly to our overall nationwide progress in bringing human traffickers to justice."