- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is joining other state and territorial attorneys general in an effort to take a stand against human trafficking.

Morrisey recently joined 52 others in a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In the letter, the attorneys general said human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating about $150 billion each year.

Officials say numerous cases nationally show instances of children as young as 12 being used in prostitution rings.

And Morrisey’s office says the FBI estimates that nearly 300,000 American youths are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

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