MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV)- Today marks the first day of human trafficking training for law enforcement in Monongalia County.
The first-of-its-kind initiative was sparked by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a result of the increasing number of cases around the world and in the Mountain State. The goal of the program is to target and reduce human trafficking by providing skills to help identify victims and eliminate the growing criminal industry.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, human trafficking is considered the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world. Morrisey’s office believes the increased rate of addiction, poverty and large number of children in foster care makes West Virginia especially vulnerable to the crime.
The law enforcement training is free and continues Wednesday morning.