Burlington wants grant to help crack down on sex trafficking

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington police are hoping a state grant will help them crack down on a silent and growing crime in Alamance County -- human sex trafficking.

Police got approved by city council members Tuesday to apply for a $100,000 state grant.

The grant would go towards extra equipment, training and a special investigator who would focus on sex trafficking.

Last year, there were nearly 100 cases of sex trafficking throughout the state; two of those cases were in Alamance County.

It's a number victims' advocates say is probably much higher but just goes unreported.

Police will be applying for the grant in the next few weeks.

If approved, they should have the extra funding by the summer.

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