Richmond police give 50 backpacks to human trafficking victims

Richmond police give 50 backpacks to human trafficking victims
The Richmond Police Department will donate 50 backpacks from Operation Underground Railroad to young victims of human trafficking. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department will donate 50 backpacks from Operation Underground Railroad to young victims of human trafficking.

Operation Underground Railroad is a non-profit which assists governments around the world in the rescue of human trafficking and sex trafficking victims, with a special focus on children.

The backpacks contain comfort items for the victims, including personal hygiene products, non-perishable foods and coloring books.

“We deal with at least a few cases of human trafficking a week and the issue is often underreported,” said Special Investigations Division Captain Emmett Williams. “Our goal is to provide victims a safe space once they have been rescued, but many of them don’t have a single item in their possession. This donation will hopefully help calm them in the aftermath.”

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