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Police, Salvation Army partner to fight human trafficking

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DETROIT (AP) -

State police officials are working with the Salvation Army and other organizations to help fight human trafficking in the Detroit area.

The agency announced this week that it and The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division are partnering with help of a $1.5 million federal grant.

They'll be focusing on Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. A multi-agency Joint Anti-Trafficking Taskforce is being created.

Police say that in 2013 and 2014 there were 94 federal cases of human trafficking and 100 state cases of human trafficking in the target area. Those involved say the partnership will enhance the ability to investigate and provide services to those affected.

Michigan has stepped up efforts in recent years to shield minor victims from prosecution and crack down criminals involved in human trafficking.

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