DA: Human trafficking crackdown underway in the Bronx
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark says the borough is cracking down on human trafficking.
Clark says her office currently has 34 pending cases involving 53 defendants and 27 open investigations involving what she calls "modern day slavery."
"It could be as simple as someone right here in the Bronx, a troubled teen that ran away and gets involved with the wrong people, who move to exploit them and take away their freedom," Clark told News 12.
The District Attorney's Office says, in addition to working with the NYPD to crack down on offenders, it is also teaching the community about how to spot a victim and how they can get help.
Clark says a workshop dedicated to human trafficking awareness is being held on Jan. 26 at Faith at Work Christian Church in Co-op City.