PASCO, Wash. - First responders from all over the Mid-Columbia are getting some first-hand training this week to help prevent child trafficking.
The training started Monday at Columbia Basin College. It is focusing on the new state protocol dealing with commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Police officers and other first responders are learning to spot the human trafficking red flags that are not necessarily obvious.
"It's not the idea that we would see on TV, which is a child kidnapped off the street and trafficked to Vegas. It is here within our community," said Tirsa Butler with the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking.
Representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office and a deputy prosecutor from Snohomish County are leading the two-day training session. The training continues Tuesday at CBC.