Ga. Dept. of Health & Human Services Starting Human Trafficking Program

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services say they're launching a training program to improve services offered to human trafficking victims.

Officials say the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine is one of five facilities where the training program titled Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond will be offered. The program is being administered by the department's Office on Women's Health and Office of Minority Health.

Officials say the program will educate health care professionals about human trafficking and help participants identify and respond effectively to potential victims.

Department of Health and Human Services officials say a study of more than 100 human trafficking survivors showed nearly 88 percent had contact with one or more health care professionals while they were being exploited.

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