LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday that he has established a statewide task force aimed at preventing human trafficking.
McDaniel announced the creation of the task force during a news conference in Little Rock, where he stood alongside some of the state lawmakers who have sponsored legislation to help Arkansas combat human trafficking.
The State Task Force for the Prevention of Human Trafficking is made up of law enforcement officials, state agency representatives, community leaders and victims' rights advocates from across Arkansas, McDaniel said. It will hold its first meeting Nov. 19 at the state Capitol.
"Human trafficking is beneath the dignity of the people of Arkansas, and it takes all of us working together to prevent it," McDaniel said in a statement.
The task force is expected to develop a plan to prevent trafficking, raise public awareness about the issue and create a training curriculum for law enforcement officials.
McDaniel appointed Assistant Attorney General Will Jones and Reagan Stanford of Catholic Charities of Arkansas as co-chairs of the task force.