Obama administration, Amtrak target human trafficking

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said her department could use the help from both Amtrak and the transportation department.

“Today, we pledge to do more to combat human trafficking by broadening our network of partners to help us identify and rescue victims and help bring the perpetrators to justice,” Napolitano said in a statement. “We’re grateful to have the participation of Amtrak and the Department of Transportation in this important effort, which will help save lives, protect innocent victims, and prevent this form of modern day slavery.”

Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said the rail service is “supportive of the DHS and DOT initiative to improve human trafficking awareness in the transportation industry and is proud to be the first partner in a program that will expand across the transportation sector.”