PITTSBURGH – U.S. lawyer Scott W. Brady announced the creation of a new anti-trafficking coalition, Operation T.E.N. (Trafficking Ends Now), consisting of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Operation T.E.N. serves as an umbrella coalition for the 25 counties in western Pennsylvania and is a coordinated measure to end human trafficking through education, improve cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and improve our ability to empower victims of trafficking to help thriving survivors become. Human trafficking is a violation of human dignity, ”said Brady. “It is a form of modern slavery that knows no race, no gender, no age and no limit. Operation T.E.N.'s collaborative approach will streamline the network of traffickers by providing a truly intergovernmental, coordinated approach to investigating and tracking these predators and their networks. It is equally important that survivors have easier and more direct access to the services they need for a healthy and safe recovery. "
FBI special agent in charge in Pittsburgh Michael Christman said the federal law enforcement agency needed partnerships to protect communities.
"We will work with our partners at all levels to get those responsible for this hideous crime off our streets," he said. "It is our priority to identify and rescue trafficked children. They are some of the most vulnerable members of our community who have been physically and emotionally abused and see no way out. We want them to know that there is a way to rebuild their lives and that human trafficking is not tolerated. "
David Abbate, deputy special representative for homeland security investigations in Pittsburgh, said his agency was excited about the formation of the coalition.
"Trafficking in human beings is a caustic and degrading practice that violates both the rule of law and the most basic standards of human dignity," he said. "We are confident that with our victim-oriented approach, we can make a difference in investigations that have the same value." is focused on the identification and stabilization of victims as well as the identification and prosecution of suspects. "
Combating trafficking in human beings is currently one of the top priorities for the Department of Justice at national level and in our community. As part of the strategy, U.S. Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski, an experienced U.S. attorney general and human trafficking coordinator, will operate T.E.N. and public relations that serve as a resource through which members of our community have direct access to the United States Attorney's Office on Human Trafficking.