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Ohio bus agency fighting human trafficking

Published: May 11, 2014 6:40 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Operators of Toledo's public transit system say they will train drivers to spot and help out human trafficking victims.

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority says it will take part in a public awareness campaign about human trafficking.

It also wants to become a "safe haven" for victims.

An official with the transit agency says drivers will be trained to offer victims a temporary refuge until authorities can be contacted. New signs on buses will tell people to notify drivers if they need help.

Ohio officials announced earlier this year that the state would partner with libraries, highway rest areas, clinics and facilities overseen by state agencies to increase awareness about human trafficking.

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