W.Va. Attorney General warns about growing trend of human trafficking

(WTRF) - The Attorney General's office is warning West Virginians about the growing trend of Human Trafficking.

It is considered the second largest criminal industry in the world today, second only to drug trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Robert Leslie, Senior Deputy Attorney General says a large part of human trafficking we see here in West Virginia, goes along with the opioid epidemic we are experiencing.

"The addict will turn around and sell a family member in a heartbeat to supply that addiction. It's a sad state of affairs but they have lost all sense of humanity because it's been eaten away by that drug," said Leslie.

The Attorney General's Office plans to continue to host training sessions across the state to show people what to look for.

The ultimate goal is to establish greater awareness and increase overall reporting of the issue throughout West Virginia.


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