AUSTIN, TX (KFDA) - The Texas Department of Transportation has joined a statewide initiative aiming to raise awareness and increase vigilance in regards to human trafficking.
The ‘On the Road to End Human Trafficking’ initiative, launched by the Officer of the Governor, law enforcement and industry partners, is a statewide effort that aims to raise awareness, increase vigilance and report signs of human trafficking.
TxDOT announced on Tuesday that they have partnered with these agencies to help end 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,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We are proud to work with the Governor’s Commission for Women and other partners to bring an end to this modern-day slavery.”
The initiative is similar to a neighborhood watch program, encouraging the public to know, watch for and report signs of trafficking.
TxDOT said they will be educating their employees by providing a wallet card, along with an information sheet to keep in TxDOT vehicles that will provide details on signs to look for and steps to take to report trafficking.
Posters and restroom stall signs will also be on display in TxDOT’s Texas Travel Information Centers and Safety Rest areas across the state, providing critical information to victims of human trafficking and how they can reach out for help.
To report a suspected trafficking, the public is encouraged to call the toll-free, 24/7 phone number at (888) 373-7888; victims are encouraged to call 911.
TxDOT’s human trafficking materials are available to download online.