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Cosmetology students get special training on how to spot human trafficking victims

Cosmetology students have a special subject they’re learning about at the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua. (WKEF/WRGT)

PIQUA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Cosmetology students have a special subject they’re learning about at the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.

Students are learning how to spot and help human trafficking victims as part of the state’s curriculum.

They’re instructed to look for red flags, since pimps will often take their victims to the salon to get them dolled up in order to bring in more money.

Red flags include a man ordering services for multiple clients, and clients themselves not wanting to make small talk with anyone in the salon.

Cosmetologists can also be victims, so they’re also taught to look for people taking tips from co-workers.

“I’m so thankful that we have done this,” student Nikki Allen said. “That I have learned so much about human trafficking. I think it will be life-changing when we get out into the industry, to be able to help a victim and to be able to look for the signs.”

Students also raised money to donate to the Piqua YWCA as part of the education class.

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