Fighting human trafficking in Houston

- Houston police are partnering with unlikely allies to help fight human trafficking.  “Houston has been known as a hub for human trafficking.  What we need to go forward now is as a hub for human trafficking solutions,” says Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a campaign to combat the illegal trafficking of human beings.  “This new type of slavery that has come across the United States, the kidnapping and holding hostage primarily young girls and young women for sex trade, it has to be stopped,” explains Texas Congressman Ted Poe.

 

“Many are also subject to labor trafficking, where they work under unjust conditions.  To address this we are training the city health department employees who inspect Houston's 13,000 food establishments on what to look for regarding human trafficking,” adds Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

 

Other city employees such as firefighters will also be trained to spot signs that someone is in trouble because typically human trafficking victims aren't in physical chains but rather kept in line with psychological restraints.

   

So taxi cab drivers are also joining in.  Yellow Cab, for instance, responds to more than two million calls a year in Houston, with 1,500 drivers on the road at any given time.

 

”Taxi drivers are in a unique positon to observe these signs as they are constantly traveling around the city.  That said, our goal is to give each driver the information they need to report suspicious behavior to the national hotline,” says Yellow Cab Houston General Manager Melissa McGehee.

              

The Mayor's plan to protect victims has people from all walks of life working together and keeping a watchful eye.  If you would like to know what are some of the questions to ask or the signs that someone is a modern day slave visit www.humantraffickinghouston.org.

   

 

Houston police are partnering with unlikely allies to help fight human trafficking.  “Houston has been known as a hub for human trafficking.  What we need to go forward now is as a hub for human trafficking solutions,” says Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a campaign to combat the illegal trafficking of human beings.  “This new type of slavery that has come across the United States, the kidnapping and holding hostage primarily young girls and young women for sex trade, it has to be stopped,” explains Texas Congressman Ted Poe.

 

“Many are also subject to labor trafficking, where they work under unjust conditions.  To address this we are training the city health department employees who inspect Houston's 13,000 food establishments on what to look for regarding human trafficking,” adds Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

 

Other city employees such as firefighters will also be trained to spot signs that someone is in trouble because typically human trafficking victims aren't in physical chains but rather kept in line with psychological restraints.

   

So taxi cab drivers are also joining in.  Yellow Cab, for instance, responds to more than two million calls a year in Houston, with 1,500 drivers on the road at any given time.

 

”Taxi drivers are in a unique positon to observe these signs as they are constantly traveling around the city.  That said, our goal is to give each driver the information they need to report suspicious behavior to the national hotline,” says Yellow Cab Houston General Manager Melissa McGehee.

              

The Mayor's plan to protect victims has people from all walks of life working together and keeping a watchful eye.  If you would like to know what are some of the questions to ask or the signs that someone is a modern day slave visit www.humantraffickinghouston.org.

   

 

 

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