AUGUSTA – Several advocacy groups are hosting a daylong conference on human trafficking trends in Maine.

The Jan. 31 conference at the Augusta Civic Center will tackle statewide human trafficking trends and the signs of potential victims. Other topics will include the needs of survivors and identification within a health care setting.

Conference organizers said Saturday that the event is sold out.

A 2015 report by Hornby Zeller Associates estimated there are between 200 and 300 victims of sex trafficking in Maine per year.

The Maine Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2017 said the state must do more to help victims and survivors of trafficking when it comes to assistance and criminal liability.

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