State Police set to host free event Jan. 20

ELKINS — The West Virginia State Police will be hosting a free event to assist in bringing awareness to human trafficking.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 20, at Elkins High School, members of the WVSP Crimes Against Children Unit will brief the community on internet safety.  Additionally, they will show the film “Chosen,” by Shared Hope International.

“Chosen” is a film about a young woman named Brianna, who was able to be rescued by then-Sergeant John Chapman due to his training in noticing the signs of human trafficking.

The event will also include information on how predators operate to manipulate young people, how to respond if you recognize the signs of trafficking and what can be done to prevent it.

“I hope we can get as many people involved as possible,” West Virginia Human Trafficking and Civil Rights Task Force Training and Awareness Sub-Committee Chair Cortney Simmons said. “Our communities need to know about the evils that surround us so they can better protect their children and themselves.”

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month.

The event is sponsored by Shared Hope International and The Men of Shared Hope.