Town hall session focuses on human trafficking

VE-Around-County
From staff reports

Due to the escalation of terrorist attacks throughout the world, along with the increase of human trafficking within the commonwealth, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-63) will host a town hall meeting to discuss the reporting of unusual or suspicious behavior to law enforcement.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Trinity Point Church of God near Clarion.

“Rural areas such as ours are not immune from the dangers of human trafficking, and in fact, can be an attractive place for which to traffic or entrap victims,” Oberlander said in a prepared press release. “Our area includes two major transportation arteries, Interstate 80 and state Routes 28 and 66, which are often prime highways to transport victims to more populated areas.

“By knowing the warning signs and increasing education, we can help prevent men, women and children from becoming victims and thwart this type of illegal activity in our communities.”

The town hall meeting will feature an intelligence analyst from the Pennsylvania State Police’s Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource Unit which will present on both human trafficking and suspicious activities.

This interactive gathering will allow those in attendance to ask questions and get answers.

The church where this meeting will take place is located at 180 West Trinity Drive, Clarion. Doors open at 6 p.m.