Human trafficking summit begins Monday in Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Experts from around the world will be discussing the topic of human trafficking during a four-day conference that begins Monday in Charles Town.

The second annual International Summit on Combating Human Trafficking, “Widening the Net: Together Let’s Stop Traffick” will be hosted by American Military University in Charles Town.

Organizers expect 200 experts from around the world who deal with human trafficking on a daily basis to be in attendance including labor trafficking survivors from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Asia who will share their stories.

Jim Brown, program manager for the summit, told MetroNews last week the summit is less about putting out information about human trafficking and more about how to continue the battle against it. Brown did say he believes more Americans are becoming aware of it.

Last year’s first summit focused on what is needed to battle human trafficking. Brown said this year’s meetings will be aimed at a strategy to create what’s being called the International Resource and Coordination Center to combat human trafficking.

Those attending the summit will be invited to explore the history of Charles Town and Harpers Ferry and John Brown’s raid which was aimed at freeing African Americans from slavery.

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