- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Officials are creating a task force to help combat human trafficking in Hampton Roads.

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said that the task force will be established with a $1.45 million federal grant.

The task force will seek to assist victims, investigate and prosecute crimes and raise awareness about the problem in the region and across the state.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will fund, among other things, an anti-human trafficking coordinator in the attorney general’s office and an expanded bed space and more staffers at Samaritan, an anti-trafficking non-profit in Virginia Beach.

Herring’s office says that Virginia had the 13th most cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline through June 30.

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