By TJJD Communications
As we get ready to close out National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, it’s important to remember that the work to end human trafficking continues year-round.
“The more prevention and intervention available for youth vulnerable to trafficking, the less risk they will face in being dragged into a world filled with violence, which can quickly lead to involvement into the justice systems,” said Shandra Carter, executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
“Investment in robust resources, education and community involvement are critical, as we know that recovery from being trafficked is often a life-long journey.”
Trafficking victims are often hidden from view, or even hidden in plain sight. That’s why everyone should know the signs of trafficking and know how to step in to report it and provide help.
It’s why Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott re-launched the “Can You See Me?” campaign last week to re-emphasize the need to be on the watch for those who are being exploited and abused as trafficked victims.
To better understand the trafficking of humans which forces or coerces them into labor or sex businesses, check out these awareness videos at Homeland Security.
Here are some other links that youth-serving professionals and the public can use to best serve this vulnerable population.
- Texas Health and Human Services also provides resources on human trafficking, some of which are state specific.
- Texas Department of Department of Family and Protective Services has developed an extensive website dedicated to human trafficking. On this site you will find information including what factors increase risks for trafficking, current and future efforts to prevent human trafficking, ways to help, and other resources.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons is a reliable source of information, with details about the National Human Trafficking Hotline and printable materials you can use to raise awareness.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons, offers a webinar for those who support and work with youth.
Anyone needing help can call the 24/7 National Trafficking Hotline Number – 1-888-373-7888 – text: 233733.
To report suspected human trafficking to federal law enforcement call 1-866-347-2423.