DeKalb health director: Human trafficking ‘demands our attention’

On the south side of Atlanta there is a growing problem with human trafficking.

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On the south side of Atlanta there is a growing problem with human trafficking.

The DeKalb County Board of Health and Agnes Scott College are partnering to host a “community conversation” on human trafficking.

The summit will take place on Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the school’s Campbell Hall’s Frances Graves Auditorium. Speakers will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office and survivors of human trafficking.

“Human Trafficking is yet another critical public health issue that demands our attention and action,” said DeKalb District Health Director Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford. “The summit’s goal is to increase awareness regarding the issue, to share resources for those who have been trafficked and to provide opportunities for those who want to be involved in decreasing the incidences of trafficking in our communities.”

Human trafficking generates nearly $300 million a year in Georgia, according to the DeKalb health board, and roughly 100 girls are sexually exploited each night in the state.

Agnes Scott College is located on at 141 East College Ave., Decatur.

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