Human trafficking awareness

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The Virginia DMV concluded its participation in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Human Trafficking Awareness this week.

The DMV employees are on the front lines at weigh stations, customer service centers and in the field.

They have received training on how to identify human trafficking.

Just a few signs to be aware of:

  • A friend, family member, co-worker, or student is newly showered with gifts or money or otherwise becomes involved in an overwhelming, fast-moving, and asymmetric romantic relationship.
  • Is a frequent runaway
  • Seems to be getting particularly close with someone they only know online.

If you would like more information, please visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

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FRPD investigate possible human trafficking

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The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) is investigating a possible human trafficking case.

The FRPD announced in a news release that they have arrested 23 year old Florida resident William Chase Mathews.

The investigation leading to the arrest regarded an adult who is suspected of having sexual relations with a juvenile.

Investigators uncovered additional information and evidence of possible human trafficking.

Further investigation revealed that  Mathews was providing housing for the juvenile and acting as her caretaker.

Mathews and the 15 year old met online before he moved to Front Royal from Florida to take care of the her.

Mathews is being held without bond with a court date of June 9.

Authorities are asking that anyone with any additional information to contact FRPD Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208.

FRPD Chief Magalis reminds parents to always be aware of their child’s online activity and report anything suspicious.

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VSP combats human trafficking

Virginia State Police are partnering with the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Virginia Trucking Association to conduct Operation Safe Passage.

The initiative runs from April 18th-20th and focuses on high visibility human trafficking prevention and public outreach.

VSP will be positioned at truck stops and rest areas across Virginia to help raise awareness and educate citizens about human trafficking.

Gary Settle, VSP superintendent, believes commercial drivers can be “added eyes and ears” to help identify indicators of human trafficking.

For more information on indicators of human trafficking, head to HSI’s website.

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Opens Applications for New Commission

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RICHMOND, VA— Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced his administration is seeking applications for individuals to participate on the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support.

 

“My administration is committed to ending the scourge of human trafficking in Virginia, which is why I signed Executive Order Number Seven to establish this Commission on my first day in Office. I look forward to reviewing the recommendations from the Commission as we work to make Virginia safer,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.

 

“We need dedicated people within their field of expertise to lend a shoulder to the wheel to help stop the repeated crimes of commercial sexual exploitation. Be part of a team that will make a difference with the development of strategies of holding perpetrators accountable under the rule of law by applying to be on the Commission. There will be no tolerance in the Commonwealth for those who participate in any form of human trafficking,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Robert Mosier.

 

Applications for this commission can be submitted HERE.

 

About the Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support

 

The Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support was created as an advisory commission within the Office of the Governor. The purpose of this commission is to increase law enforcement awareness, empower and support survivors, and enhance prevention education in the Commonwealth.  The Commission will make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly with the goal of identifying ways to prevent human trafficking and increase support to survivors in the Commonwealth.

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