- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson authorities are hoping to track down human traffickers that may be attracted to the thousands of tourists headed to southern Arizona for the annual gem show.

KOLD-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kaP7Or ) that on Friday the Tucson Police Department is partnering with local, state and national experts to develop a plan to address human trafficking before the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase begins Jan. 28.

Officials with CODAC, an Arizona organization that helps abuse survivors, say sex traffickers cater to the high demand that comes with the hundreds of thousands of tourists that come for the gem show.

Last year, CODAC helped 62 people stop performing prostitution.

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Information from: KOLD-TV, http://www.kold.com/

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