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Maryland conference teaches sex trafficking signs

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CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland is aiming to teach social workers and law enforcement officers to spot signs of sex trafficking.

A two-day conference that opened Monday in Catonsville aims to boost coordination among federal, state and local agencies and improve the response to victims. Gov. Martin O'Malley says the state's location along several transportation systems makes Maryland particularly vulnerable to these crimes.

Homeland Security Special Agent Adrian Sanders says it's important to "get nosey" to keep an eye out for trafficking, which can be hidden beneath all kinds of crimes.

Officials compared the fight to antiterrorism efforts, saying people need to adopt a "See Something, Say Something" attitude.

Virginia Geckler of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention says breaking down the stigma associated with prostitution will help people speak up.

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