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Billboards Aim to Stop Human Trafficking

Date: June 04, 2014

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Billboards are going up across our state in a move aimed to stop a growing problem here in Texas. Human trafficking is happening at record levels in Texas.

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Billboards are going up across our state in a move aimed to stop a growing problem here in Texas. Human trafficking is happening at record levels in Texas.

FBI investigators say only California has higher rates of human trafficking than we do in Texas.

Clear Channel outdoor is teaming up with the FBI and state leaders to try to stop human trafficking. They made their announcement today in Houston, where the mayor says it will not be tolerated.
"The fact that slavery exists in America today is embarrassing, its frustrating, its frightening and it is tragic," said Mayor Annise Parker.

It's not only tragic, but, the numbers are alarming. The National Human Trafficking Resource center took nearly 10,000 calls from our state since 2007.

Gov. Rick Perry says that's telling. "It is reminding everyone that there is a real and present danger in this country dealing with sexual trafficking," Perry said during the press conference.

Across our state 15 cities, including Corpus Christi, will have signs to remind people human trafficking is a big problem here.
"Our laws are more powerful today than ever before, sending forth a clear message to those human traffickers that they will not be tolerated in the state of Texas," Perry said.

The number to call if you spot potential human trafficking is 1-888-3737-888.

The FBI also released photos of three of their most wanted fugitives wanted for human trafficking. They are suspected to be in the Houston and Dallas areas. They announced a $10,000 reward for their capture and conviction. For more information, click here.

 

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