With dozens of Maryland youths victimized each year by human traffickers, Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday proposed new initiatives to fight the crime.

“For four years we have been working to combat the criminal gang enterprises that are terrorizing our communities,” Hogan said at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services building in Rockville. “One of their heinous crimes is human trafficking … As a father I’m heartbroken for these daughters and sons who are being victimized and brutalized.”

The Republican governor, who is seeking re-election, signed an executive order creating an anti-human trafficking director position in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control And Prevention. The director will be charged with coordinating services for victims and advising law enforcement officials on responses to human trafficking. Hogan pointed to recent trafficking cases in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County as underscoring the need for increased attention on the issue.

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