Speech to Text for Task force created to fight human trafficking in northeast Mississippi
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a new task force aims to help victims of human trafficking and raise awareness about the issue. wtva's amanda haley is live at the tupelo police department with more on task force's mission. law enforcement officials from all over north east mississippi and the mississippis center for violence prevention gathered here today at the tupelo police department to talk about the new task force to fight and prevent human trafficking in the area. it is the north east mississippi human trafficking task force. it is a collaberation of federal, state and local law enforcement agenices and victims service providers working to protect victims, prosecute offenders, and prevent human trafficking. at the meeting, sandy middleton, the exec director of mississippis center for violence prevention talked about 3 main goals of the task force. they are to: educate and raise awarenss among law enforcement, to coordinate a law enforcement response to human trafficking to quickly identify, investigate, and prosecute offenders, and to utilize an approach to help vicitms by protecting them and providing victim services. middleton says this task force is already in the works as there are current cases in the area that are currently being worked on. sot-sandy middleton, exec director for mississippi's center for violence prevention. trt: oc: "we've also got some human trafficking already working. were working with individuals who are victims from this part of the state and the law enforcement prosecution here is chomping at the bits to get started." according to sheriff randy tolar with prentiss county, people need to be aware that human trafficking in mississippi is a reality. amanda haley, live in tupelo, wtva 9 news. columbus