Cuccinelli Comes to Valley to Address Human Trafficking

VERONA -- On Friday, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli hosted a meeting in Verona with local Sheriff's deputies, gang enforcement, and child service providers.

It marked the first time the Western Virginia Trafficking Task Force had come together to fight what has become an increasing concern.

The meeting focused on human trafficking, which Cuccinelli said is the fastest growing crime in the country.

Exact details of what was discussed could not be revealed since plans brought forward will be used directly to fight crime and human trafficking.

The meeting in Verona happed just a few weeks after Virginia received an "F" grade from Shared Hope International in regards to state laws against the crime.

Afterwards, Cuccinelli said it was important for the community to find a gameplan to help fight what has become a growing problem in the state.

Cuccinelli said more children are becoming victims, and as a parent, he finds extra motivation to tackle the problem.

"I've had personal contact with a number of these cases. The horror of their lives in these circumstances is beyond description," he explained. "It's one thing to protect your community. Thats somthing thats a powerful instinct in me as Attorney General and as a father. However, to see this level on humanity afflicted on people...it motivates us a great deal."

Friday's meeting was the inaugural gathering of the task force. This year, the task force will continue to come together to take on what Cuccinelli has set as one of the top prorities for the state in 2013.


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