State provides $4.4 million to crack down on sex trafficking and violent crime in Harris County

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:41:06 PM. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Monday announced state grants totaling more than $4 million toward services for victims of sex trafficking and violent crime. The Texas Governor's Criminal Justice Division awarded four separate grants totaling $4.4 million to provide better victim services and criminal prosecution in cases of violent crimes and sex trafficking, Ogg said. 'Violent
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Monday announced state grants totaling more than $4 million toward services for victims of sex trafficking and violent crime. The Texas Governor's Criminal Justice Division awarded four separate grants totaling $4.4 million to provide better victim services and criminal prosecution in cases of violent crimes and sex trafficking, Ogg said. "Violent criminals toss victims into the criminal justice system without regard to the harm they are inflicting," Ogg said. "It is traumatic, stressful and confusing." The grants were announced during a morning news conference at the Children's Assessment Center, which specializes in treating sexually abused children. Now Playing: A weeklong undercover investigation led to 277 arrests related to human trafficking and online prostitution, deputies in Polk County say. Media: Fox 13 Tampa No. 1 city for trafficking calls The grants are symbolic of a much larger victim-focused paradigm shift that Andrea Sparks, director of the governor's Child Sex Trafficking Office, said will be taking place throughout Texas, beginning in Houston. The grants are to be issued over the next two years, according to a news release from Ogg's office. The fact that Houston is the No. 1 city for calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline indicates the magnitude of the problem, she said, but it also demonstrates the local awareness of the issue and willingness to call for help. Harris County...Read more
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