County Executive creates fund to assist human trafficking victims, strengthen police efforts

County Executive Allan Kittleman (Jon Sham/Baltimore Sun Media Gro /)

County Executive Allan Kittleman (Jon Sham/Baltimore Sun Media Gro /)

By Andrew Michaels

Howard County Times

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August 28, 2015, 1:07 PM

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman signed an executive order Friday morning to create a fund assisting victims of human trafficking and reinforce the police department's efforts to crack down on the crime.

Assets seized through the arrest of criminals involved with human trafficking will be used to create the fund.

"This criminal activity, which occurs throughout the state and country, must be confronted aggressively," Kittleman said in a statement. "We will not sit by and allow individuals to be exploited for profit by these callous criminals. Because this illegal activity is hidden and driven underground, it's easy to think it doesn't occur in Howard County. But we know from working with our Police Department that it does exist here, and the impact on victims is devastating."...