Human Trafficking in Westmoreland County

The Blackburn Center will present “Human Trafficking in Westmoreland County” on Monday, February 26th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

To register, call the library at 724-744-4414.

Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power of a position of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation.  It is a form of modern slavery, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.

Trafficking victims can include young children, teenagers, men and women.  They can be American citizens or foreign nationals (either legally or illegally in the United States).  Victims of trafficking can be pressed into servitude through the use of force, fraud and coercion.  They can be found in a variety of industries, including restaurants, hotels, nail salons, small businesses, agriculture and construction.