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Officers undergo training to combat human trafficking

November 7, 2017 GMT

The Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON - Cabell County law enforcement will undergo training to target and reduce human trafficking this week.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday the training will be offered Tuesday and Thursday at the Huntington Police Department.

Morrisey said the training will give law enforcement officers necessary resources to better identify suspicious activity and tackle the growing industry. The training is free and will provide officers with valuable information, while also satisfying mandatory continued education requirements.

Human trafficking is defined as commercial sex or labor that is induced by force, fraud or coercion. It’s considered the fastest growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world, second only to drug tracking, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Morrisey said West Virginia’s continuing rate of drug addiction, poverty and large number of children in foster care make the state susceptible to human trafficking.