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Law enforcement officers, health care workers trained to help human trafficking victims

The 2nd Annual Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking Conference (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

SAN ANTONIO -- The 2nd Annual Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking Conference kicked off Tuesday morning.

The conference is being held at University United Methodist Church on De Zavala Road. It's for law enforcement, healthcare workers, and others who work with victims of human trafficking.

The goal is to put an end to the exploitation in and around Bexar County. They hope to achieve that by bringing community awareness, training and effective prosecution.

"We really want people to be aware that this is a problem,” explained Deana Franks of the Rape Crisis Center. “We can fix it, but it takes a lot of work. And we just want everyone to be just be a little more aware of your surroundings of what is going on, and really work on the trafficking aspect of it and not the survivors."

The conference wraps up Wednesday at noon. More than 200 people are expected to attend.

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