Human trafficking seminar draws local, state, federal officials

Sex trafficking on rise locally, nationally

By MICHELLA DRAPAC | mdrapac@whag.com

Published 03/08 2016 08:09PM

Updated 03/08 2016 08:26PM

HAGERSTOWN, Md.

A two day training on human trafficking for local, state and federal law enforcement officers across the four-state and D.C. kicked off Tuesday in Hagerstown.

It was hosted by the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and other agencies. It aims to help investigators better identify and investigate human trafficking, a crime that has been on the rise nationally and locally.

"Last year, we had 186 cases of sex abuse. The year previous, we had 170, and the year previous to that, we had 164, so child sex abuse is on the rise in Washington County. That's why this training is so critical," said Michael Piercy, director of the Washington County Department of Social Services...