Join DART in the fight against human trafficking

Human Trafficking Campaign
Posted on Jan 24, 2024 by DART Daily

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Human trafficking is a crime that robs millions of their dignity and freedom each year, and it can take the form of both forced labor and sex trafficking. It’s estimated that there are more than 27.6 million victims worldwide -- both adults and children alike.

Texas has the second-highest reported cases of human trafficking, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. As a member of the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking initiative, DART is dedicated to the fight against trafficking, and the organization understands the need for greater awareness, prevention, and detection. DART Police officers, fare enforcement officers, and bus and rail operators receive training to spot and report indicators of human trafficking.

DART also works to raise awareness about trafficking and help the public identify potential victims. Partnering with the community is an important step in protecting North Texas, and it’s one more way that DART shows responsibility for the communities it serves.

Since 2015, DART has partnered with Safe Place to create a safe haven for runaways and other youth in crisis who are often targets for human traffickers. DART employees work in coordination with QuikTrip and Jonathan's Place to transport these youth to safety. Jonathan's Place provides a safe, loving home for abused and neglected children, teens, and young adults and specialized services for children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. In addition, DART prominently displays Safe Place decals on its DART vehicles, so that young people know that DART is somewhere they can get help immediately. To learn more about DART’s partnership with Safe Place, go here.

With human trafficking, it’s important to remember that victims don’t always stand out from a crowd. That's why DART encourages you to spot the signs and stop the exploitation. If you see someone you suspect may be a victim, take action. The DART Say Something app is now integrated into the GoPass® app, so that you can quickly and discreetly report a suspected victim of human trafficking to DART Police.

Thank you for helping DART fight this crime against humanity.
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