Georgia educators learn about human trafficking

photo A placard of a child sits on a table during a conference on human sex trafficking in Atlanta.

FAST FACTS* About 27 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world and nearly half are children under the age of 18.* About 5,000 girls a year are at risk of being sex trafficked in Georgia.* Human trafficking is the fastest-growing industry in the world and second most-profitable behind drugs.* Total annual revenue of human trafficking is $30 billion worldwide.* 48 states and the District of Columbia have laws against human trafficking.Source: "Not in Georgia: Combating Sex Trafficking" seminar

WHAT TO WATCH FOR* Student's grades start slipping* Girl with much older boyfriends* Girls with low self-esteem* Online predators because prostitution has moved to the Internet* Children connected to gangs in schoolsSource: Former FBI agent Maria Velikonja

ATLANTA - Human trafficking is the fastest-growing industry in the world and second most-profitable behind drugs, but one of the most difficult to prosecute, a former FBI agent said Tuesday.

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