ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The Georgia Department of Education plans to hold a two-day conference to train educators and other school employees on recognizing and combating human sex trafficking.

The event is scheduled for next week in Atlanta and speakers include former FBI agent and prosecutor Maria Velikonja, author and journalist Christine Dolan, U.S. State Department official Abraham Lee and Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Organizers say some 400 school employees and law enforcement officials are expected to attend the conference, which begins Monday at The Carter Center.

Experts estimate that up to 500 people are caught up in human trafficking in Georgia each month. Officials say educators need the resources and expertise to combat the problem and help children who may be victims.


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