TxDOT Joins Effort to End Human Trafficking
March 15, 2019 | Tags: texdot, human trafficking,
“Human trafficking is a horrific crime that knows no boundaries and, sadly, affects hundreds of thousands of women, children and men across our state and around the world,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said in a news release. “We are proud to work with the Governor’s Commission for Women and other partners to bring an end to this modern-day slavery.”
This initiative “encourages everyone to know, watch for and report signs of trafficking.”
According to University of Texas research at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, more than 313,000 people are trafficked in Texas at any given time, “including 79,000 youth victims. These innocent human beings are horrifically abused by being forced into slavery, either in the form of hard labor or sex/prostitution.”
TxDOT is educating its employees as well as travelers to raise public awareness. Employees will carry a wallet card along with an “information sheet to keep in TxDOT vehicles provide details on signs to look for and steps to take to report trafficking.”
The department will display posters and restroom stall signs in TxDOT’s Texas Travel Information Centers and Safety Rest Areas across the state to provide critical information to victims of human trafficking on how to reach out for help.
The public is encouraged to use a toll-free, 24/7 confidential phone number 888-373-7888 to report suspected trafficking. Victims are encouraged to call 911.
The Office of the Governor’s Commission for Women “is currently conducting research and developing plans to combat the issue of human trafficking by partnering with Texas anti-trafficking organizations and existing healthy relationship and/or human trafficking campaigns. With this information, the Commission plans to assist the state with addressing the problem.”
For more information on the commission, go to https://tinyurl.com/y6hcxx3b.
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