New task force formed to combat human trafficking in Genesee County

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT)- (05/13/19)- As an advocate for children-- Nyse Holloman spends countless hours trying to help the vulnerable.

She says one of the biggest areas where children are at risk-- the possibility of being a victim of human trafficking.

"People do not understand the number of cases that we do see in Genesee County, and while we only deal with the child piece of human trafficking, there's so many adults being victims of human trafficking as well." said Executive Director, Voices for Children, Nyse Holloman.

It's why Holloman reached out to Genesee County Sheriff, Robert Pickell for help.

"Wayne County police agencies told us that human traffickers come to Genesee County because it's a relatively free work zone because there's nobody that's working in that particular area," said Genesee County Sheriff, Robert Pickell.

But that's about to change-- thanks to a newly formed task force called the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team or GHOST.

"You have to know the language, you have to know where to find them and we are doing that," Pickell said.

The GHOST team includes a Captain and Sergeant from the Sheriff's department.

The $126,000 dollars to fund them is provided by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

"So now with this task force and their ability to able know what's going on and have their ears to the ground and do the investigations, talk to the women, talk to the children, they'll be able to find out who these traffickers are and stop them immediately from getting other victims." Holloman said.

"I'm committed to doing it and I know that we are going to be successful," Pickell said.

The task force is funded until the end of September-- but Pickell said they are working to get a grant from the federal government to continue the work.

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