Hagerstown training for area officers targets human trafficking

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:00 pm |Updated: 9:00 pm, Tue Mar 8, 2016.

by Don Aines

Maryland State Police Cpl. Chris Heid made a telephone call Tuesday morning setting up a "date" with an escort advertising her services in Western Maryland on Backpage.com, then put the conversation on speaker.

At the end of the call, a man at the back of a conference room at the Elgin Station Community Center in Hagerstown raised his hand.

"I know that woman," said the man, one of about 80 law-enforcement officials in the room, noting that she was well known to the police department in his town...