Let public know signs of human trafficking

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

” … because we’re teaching police officers that, but a lot of that we’re not putting out to the general public because then the traffickers would correct those little things that we look for. Those red flags,” Kirk said.

Such reasoning may be solid, but the fact remains the public could be an enormous help in fighting yet another problem that has crept up on the Mountain State in recent years. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, more than 50 phone calls and eight online tips were made in West Virginia, regarding suspected human trafficking, in 2013.

Lara Powers, program specialist at the center, said the cases often seen in West Virginia involve sex trafficking of minors and adults. Labor trafficking exploitation calls are also coming in from all over the state.

Public awareness is crucial…


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