CLARKSBURG, W.Va. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and on Tuesday the US Attorney spoke with 12 messages on the subject.
Human trafficking is people being forced to offer work, services or commercial sex against their will.
In 2019, West Virginia had 93 likely human trafficking victims, up more than in previous years combined, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The fight against human trafficking was difficult last year due to the pandemic, as more potential victims are at risk and harder to spot due to isolation.
“Human trafficking thrives on exploitation – exploiting a certain vulnerability, and that vulnerability can be anything from financial problems to addiction problems to disability and homelessness. All of these things, apart from disabilities, naturally got worse during the pandemic, “said US assistant attorney Andrew Cogar.
More information on human trafficking can be found here. The full interview can be found in the video player below.