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Tue., June 16, 2009, 3:54 p.m.

Grant could aid in discovery of problem

The Spokane Police Department is applying for a grant to fight a problem officials say they don't fully understand.

The department is preparing an application for a $500,000 federal grant dedicated to fighting the sexual trafficking of children, Assistant Chief Jim Nicks said at Monday's public safety committee meeting.

"We believe there's some kind of problem in the city because of the size of the area," Nicks said. "Perhaps we're not aware of the depth of it."

The three-year grant is from the U.S Department of Justice.

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