MBI launches new human trafficking division

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has launched a new human trafficking division.

The creation of this division comes with the passage of House Bill 571. The MBI immediately started seeking funding sources to support the enforcement of this state-wide effort to thwart human trafficking in Mississippi.

MDPS is proud to announce, on behalf of Attorney General William P. Barr, the Office of Justice Programs approved MDPS’s application for funding under the FY 19 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking in the amount of $800,000.00.

Grant eligibility requires a collaborative, multidisciplinary task
force. The United States Attorney’s office has partnered with the MDPS to establish the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council to ensure a collaborative working group to identify existing services and gaps in services.

In a victim centered, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary model, MHTC will work to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute criminals in all forms of domestic and international human trafficking, to include commercial sex trafficking and labor trafficking, for the protection of both adult and minor victims.