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Fayette deputies train to spot child prostitutes

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Fayette County sheriff's deputies spent Friday morning learning about the growing problem of child sex trafficking.

"We think that it's not in our sweet and cozy communities but it's truly happening in our backyards," said Mary Frances Bowley of Wellspring Living, an organization dedicated to eliminating child sex abuse and exploitation. "It's important that we become aware, that we identify so that we can stem the tide of those children who are vulnerable toward exploitation."

Experts said while most child sex trafficking takes place in Atlanta, the suburbs are not immune to the problem.

"They can show us the clues, the signs and that we can recognize those so that we can again get these young girls off the street," said Sheriff Barry Babb.

Deputies learned what signs to look for that indicate a young girl is being forced to sell herself for sex.

"They're running from a stepdad for example who's been molesting them so they're out here and this is their survival sex," said Camila Wright, an assistant district attorney for Fulton County. "They don't always know or realize they're victims at first."

The sheriff vowed to stay on top of the problem and continue training programs.

"It's not just an inner city problem," said Babb. "It's a suburban problem as well."

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