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RTC receives grant to fight human trafficking

Posted at 8:00 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 11:03:07-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada just received a $160,000 grant from the federal government to fight against human trafficking.

The money will be used to train bus drivers, transit ambassadors and others on how to spot a human trafficking victim.

"Public transportation serves as a key network for people who are trying to identify victims of human trafficking," said Angela Castro with the RTC.

"It will make our transportation system and our transportation network a safe place," she added.

After victims are identified, they'll be placed in emergency housing where counseling and other services will be available.

Nevada ranks seventh in the country when it comes to the number of human trafficking cases reported.