FLORENCE — With human trafficking, also known as sex trafficking, becoming a more dangerous problem in today’s society, Pinal County officials hosted a conference on Thursday aimed at increasing awareness and education among law enforcement and the public.
The Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Truckers Against Trafficking sponsored the conference, which was held at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office headquarters and included heavy involvement by PCSO. The conference hosted about 50 people, mostly from law enforcement, to provide specific training to officers on how to recognize and attack sex trafficking.
The event was made possible with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
About five PCSO employees received the training. Other agencies that sent employees included police departments in Maricopa, Casa Grande, Phoenix, Coolidge, Eloy, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Tucson, Mesa and Marana, in addition to representatives from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.
Also on hand for the public to tour was a long trucking trailer that was outfitted with flat-screen TVs displaying videos about sex trafficking and glass display cases that had items retrieved from victims of trafficking, such as dog tags, lipstick and sandals.