Help Us Help You Be Aware of Human Trafficking
December 9, 2015 - The Houston Police Department wants to remind citizens that combating human trafficking needs community involvement and assistance in identifying victims of this fast-growing criminal activity. The community is often the best weapon to help law enforcement in reporting and solving human trafficking crimes.
Human trafficking can occur anywhere and there are many factors that come together to make Houston one of the major human trafficking "hubs" in the nation:
- Largest city in Texas and closest to the Mexican border
- Major international airport and shipping port
- Popular location for minors to run away
- Large sex industry
HPD Senior Police Officer R. Pantoja speaks to how HPD and the community can work together to combat human trafficking on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/TKKogWDnqO0
If you know someone who is a victim or are aware of a potential human trafficking issue, contact the HPD Vice Division at 713-308-8600 or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. To learn more about human trafficking, visit www.uaht.org
HPD’s “Help Us, Help You” campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.