MORGANTOWN — Attorney General Patrick Morrissey’s office is offering training to police in West Virginia on how to spot human trafficking, and local officers took advantage of those courses on Nov. 28.

The issue came to light as the Attorney General first started to work on the opioid crisis, said Bob Leslie, senior deputy Attorney General. Sometimes, people support their habit by selling their possessions, then committing crimes, then selling their children to score a fix.

State code defines human trafficking as someone in forced labor or sexual trafficking. It is also not required for money to change hands or be involved to be considered trafficking.

As part of the training, the office is offering tips for agencies to identify the crime and differentiate it from others, such as kidnapping or child pornography. Leslie said it’s a crime that often goes unnoticed until law enforcement is properly trained to spot it.

Monongalia County Sheriff Chief Deputy Al Kisner said there were 232 human trafficking cases statewide last year, but part of the issue with the crime is that they don’t know the true extent because it’s not reported.

As he sat through the training, Kisner said officers get a better idea of what they are looking for and he seen a few aspects the department can consider adding.