With a casino about to open, a group of businesses in western Massachusetts have announced a formal effort to combat human trafficking.
Led by MGM Springfield, local business leaders in the hospitality and transportation industries have been meeting on the issue since last year.
Jen Falcone, a social worker who has been coordinating the group’s efforts, said they have endorsed a pledge to protect against prostitution and other forms of human trafficking in their places of business.
" If employees are educated in what to look for and how to respond, they can really make an impact and put a stop to trafficking," Falcone said.
She said meetings have taken place with local law enforcement and community organizations concerned about human trafficking, and the group is welcoming new members to sign the pledge.