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HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE NEWS JAN 12 - JAN 18
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Here is your weekly roundup of human trafficking stories in the news. We hope to highlight the good work that U.S. law enforcement and citizens are doing to fight human trafficking across the country. O.U.R. was not involved unless specified.

New project will help Boston doctors identify victims of human trafficking

“I saw my primary care physician all the time and while I wasn’t able to leave my situation, I believe they did plant seeds of hope,” said Jasmine Grace, a sex trafficking survivor from Boston. This project will both educate health care providers on the signs, and expand support services for survivors. 

Microsoft tries to improve child abuse detection by opening its Xbox chat tool to other companies

Project Artemis is software that recognizes specific patterns and word choices that may indicate child abuse or exploitation. Microsoft has now opened this software up to other companies to help them monitor their chat functions. 

Human trafficking fight has an unlikely new ally: Pinellas bus drivers

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in Florida launched a new initiative to train their bus drivers on the signs of human trafficking and child abuse. Their initiative is called ““Eyes of the City” and aims to train 400 local operators. 

TBI: Human trafficking reported in all 95 counties in the state

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that human trafficking exists in 100% of Tennessee’s counties. In 2019 alone, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services worked on trafficking cases in 73 of the 95 counties. 
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