PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s a threat officials say is flying under the radar in Philadelphia. Now, authorities are working together to bring it to the surface, with a new task force to fight human trafficking. The issue affects men, women and worse, children — all who are often controlled by drugs, beatings and threats.

Before, it was each individual law enforcement agency working on a case-by-case basis. But this multi-agency group different.

Jim Carpenter, with the District Attorney’s Office, says they, along with the Philadelphia Police Department, FBI, Homeland Security and the Salvation Army, are now working as a thriving network of agencies, assisting each other with prosecuting perpetrators.

via Federal Agencies Team With Philadelphia Law Enforcement To Combat Human Trafficking — CBS Philly