Massachusetts Gaming Commission allocates grants for law enforcement and human trafficking research

May 31, 2024
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The commission has awarded $160,000 to the Safe Exit Initiative.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has announced the awarding of grants for law enforcement efforts as well as research into casino-related crime impacts in the state. 

Grants have been given through the Community Mitigation Fund in an effort to increase the number of law enforcement agencies and give them the necessary resources to have a greater number of members on their teams. 

The MGC has also awarded grants to the Attorney’s General’s Office and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.  

These grants will go towards helping the ongoing fight for those involved in human trafficking, while trying to identify and address its root causes. 

On top of supporting law enforcement efforts, the Commission is aiding with the study of social and economic impacts of casino gambling. 

$160,000 has been awarded to the Safe Exit Initiative to conduct a study to investigate the influence of casinos and casino-resorts on sex trafficking in the commonwealth.  

The scope for the study was developed alongside key stakeholders from state and local public safety, the Human Trafficking Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, advocacy services, health services, research and human services. The funding for the research comes from the Public Health Trust Fund. 

MGC Interim Chair Jordan Maynard said, "These initiatives underscore the MGC's unwavering dedication to prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of individuals within our communities by prosecuting human trafficking and protecting vulnerable populations. 

"These grants represent a significant investment in our collective efforts to combat human trafficking by providing agencies with the necessary information and resources.” 

The MGC along with the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health recently held a conference addressing responsible gaming research. 


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