Fighting human trafficking

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The fight against human trafficking in Chatham-Kent has been given an added boost from the province.

A total of $81,173 is being funnelled to the Chatham-Kent Police Service through the Civil Remedies Grant Program.

The money will be used to buy a vehicle and equipment to assist officers with on-scene investigations.

Its aim is to provide a safe space for victims to engage with police and other service workers away from their traffickers.

CKPS Chief Gary Conn welcomes the funding.

“The Chatham-Kent Police Service recognizes the prevalence, as well as the seriousness of human trafficking and Internet child exploitation offences,” Conn says, adding the service wants to be a pro-active as possible regarding human trafficking.

Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls announced the grant. Nicholls has been instrumental in bringing awareness to human trafficking, having hosted three local town hall seminars on the issue.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010 or visit canadianhumantraffickinghotline.ca.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald