Louisiana will be getting over a million dollars from the federal government to fight human trafficking.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the grant today saying it wouldn't be possible without the work by law enforcement and trained professionals to fight trafficking.
Edwards promised the cash will be used on programs helping victims and survivors recover.
The grant is going to Louisiana's new Office of Human Trafficking Prevention.
“The Office of Human Trafficking Prevention could not be prouder to begin its efforts with approved funding from the U.S. Department of Justice OVC,” said the office's executive director Dr. Dana Hunter. “We will work with every entity in the state of Louisiana that interphases with vulnerable children and individuals to combat human trafficking. We want to send a strong message that human trafficking will not be tolerated in the state of Louisiana. Our children and citizens deserve to be safe and victims deserve to be heard. We plan to utilize every dollar of this grant to promote just that: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships.”