A Missouri task force that aims to find ways to strengthen the state's laws against human trafficking begins meeting this week.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the task force meets three times this month, beginning Thursday in Kansas City. The task force is also scheduled to meet Oct. 13 in St. Louis and Oct. 28 in Springfield.

Among the task force's members are state lawmakers, victim and child advocates and state and law enforcement officials.

The task force plans to publish a report in January that will discuss its early findings and make recommendations to the Legislature regarding how Missouri could improve its laws. It will continue to meet throughout 2017.

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