West Virginia Attorney Generals Office and law enforcement across the state came together at Fairmont State University for a human trafficking training session.
Law enforcement officials say that it is important to be able to identify human trafficking risks and begin proactive steps for preventative actions.
“We are training members of the society to recognize it. To report it to law enforcement officers who have been trained with how to react to it, and they are then taking it to prosecutors who have been trained in how to prosecute it. So we’ve sort of done the full spread so we get depth within the community.” stated Senior Deputy Attorney General, Robert Leslie.
Humane trafficking is considered the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today, coming in second to drug trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.