- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas hospital has been recognized for its work in training health care professionals to identify and help victims of human trafficking.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom presented a special community service award Monday to Via Christi Health in Wichita.

The hospital’s human trafficking initiative has already trained more than 125 doctors, nurses and other caregivers with a four-step protocol on what to look for and how to help victims.

Grissom says human trafficking is a crime that hides in plain sight. He says Via Christi Health is leading the nation by training its health care professions to recognize warning signs and offer victims assistance that could save lives.

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