- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) - The growing dangers of human trafficking will be the subject of a seminar next month.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs will host the seminar on Jan. 15 in Poteau.

A spokesman for the agency, Mark Woodward, says human trafficking is a growing concern for communities all across Oklahoma. Woodward says innocent people can easily be lured into human trafficking by strangers, as well as people they know and trust.

Woodward says traffickers prey on the young and the vulnerable and that it is critical that communities know how to recognize and prevent human traffickers from getting a foothold in their area.

The seminar will stress recognition of the crime, how to prevent family members from being lured into human trafficking and how to help crime victims recover.

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