Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)
Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin says he’s creating a statewide group to combat human trafficking in Arkansas.
The group will be called the Statewide Tactical Operations Partnership (STOP) and will be composed of representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement, Griffin said Monday as his office launched a two-day conference on human trafficking in Little Rock.
“This effort will provide a structure for collaboration and cooperation among key law enforcement agencies, so that we can better address the problem,” he said in a statement.
The Human Trafficking Summit at the Statehouse Convention Center is expected to draw 1,500 people for sessions on how to recognize signs of human trafficking, hearing from experts and building connections “so that we can have a more intentional and cohesive approach,” Griffin’s statement said.
Human trafficking is not just a big-city or international issue, the attorney general said. It affects large and small communities, including Arkansas, he added.
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