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Arizona AG announces sex trafficking training program for tourism industry

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PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is launching a free training program designed to educate tourism industry professionals on how to identify, report and prevent sex trafficking.

The SAFE Action Project is expected to reach employees of places where large groups of people gather and travel, such as hotels, restaurants and stadiums, according to a press release.

The training program, in conjunction with the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is set to have its first training session on Tuesday at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

“We can’t fight human trafficking alone,” Brnovich said in the release. “It will take the entire community banding together to fight this horrific crime. I am grateful to all of our partners who are taking action to provide this free training. Together, we truly can make a difference.”

The program was developed with the help of American Airlines, Lyft, Visit Phoenix and other industry professionals, the release said.

The state’s attorney general’s office has obtained 62 convictions that are connected to sex trafficking and child sex trafficking since 2015, according to the release.

The first training session will be hosted in the American Airlines space in level three of Terminal 4 at 11:30 a.m.

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