YWCA York to Host Human Trafficking Seminar for Law Enforcement
Human trafficking is an insidious crime, and it happens here in York County.
“Over the past five or six years, we’ve seen more cases,” York County juvenile probation officer Abigail Runk said in a York County news release.
Knowledge is one of the keys to responding, and the YWCA of York is committed to helping people and organizations recognize the signs of human trafficking.
The YWCA of York is partnering with York County Probation for a law enforcement seminar on human trafficking on March 31.
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The seminar is designed to help law enforcement understand topics such as how to identify human trafficking, who is at risk and who the traffickers are, and the agencies that provide services in response to the trafficking in human beings.
“Unless it’s reported to you in some case, you don’t see it,” Runk said.
Crystal Perry, the YWCA’s anti-human trafficking coordinator, said a lack of awareness can lead to charging victims for crimes such as prostitution, vagrancy, disorderly conduct and theft.
“A lot of the officers I’ve spoken to are like, ‘What’s going on here?’ phase,” Perry said in the statement.
The seminar will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 31 at the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George St., York.
Any religious group, neighborhood association or other civic organization interested in a presentation on human trafficking is encouraged to contact Perry at [email protected]
– Contact Matt Enright via email at [email protected] or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.