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Montana creates full-time human trafficking team in Billings

October 16, 2019 GMT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana state officials have announced the creation of its first full-time human trafficking team after the FBI reduced the time its lead agent spends on the issue by half.

The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday that a recently passed law provided about $520,000 for the work and gave law enforcement new tools to crack down on sex trafficking.

Attorney General Tim Fox says the two-person Billings-based team is comprised of a Division of Criminal Investigation Agent Andrew Yedinak and a Department of Justice internal hire.

Officials say the unnamed hire would not be identified to protect future undercover work.

The FBI says Special Agent Brandon Walter was the only federal-level law enforcement officer to work exclusively on human trafficking, but now splits his time between it and Indian Country cases.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com