St. Louis County seeks more funding to fight sex trafficking

CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis County council is meeting Tuesday night to discuss whether to approve a bill that would authorize $225,000 to fight sex trafficking.

Currently, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says his department only has a one person forensics lab to help battle sex trafficking.

If the additional funding is approved, a computer lab, two examiners will be added to the lab to examine hardware seized in arrest.

Charlie Dooley: “This is something on everyone’s desk these days, is sex trafficking. One of the key things about this is the average age is 14-15 years old. That is unacceptable in St. Louis County.”

The goal is to get five people in the unit.

More money will be requested in next year’s budget.