New Mexico AG unveils new human trafficking initiative

This article pulled from KRQE News.

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Attorney General is partnering with the feds to fight human trafficking.

Monday, AG Hector Balderas announced his office is working with the U.S. Department of Labor on a task force to go after people exploiting foreign nationals for sex and labor.

Officials say the partnership will promote information sharing to better investigate cases as well as make sure victims are compensated.

“If you had an employee who was trafficked and was not paid according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, we may come in and assist with the computation,” said Naixa Franquez with the U.S. Department of Labor.

There are an estimated 20 to 30 million trafficked slaves worldwide.