More than 20 million men, women and children around the world are victims of human trafficking.
While January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
, and today Jan 11, is National Day
of Human Trafficking Awareness, DART’s part to fight this illicit activity is ongoing.
In 2013, DART officials signed the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking initiative
. Since 2014, our police officers, fare enforcement officers, and bus and rail operators have received training on how to spot and report possible indicators of human trafficking.
“It’s so important to educate people on human trafficking because many don’t know it is a problem in this country,” Brittney M. Farr, Esq., DART’s local and regional relations manager said
. “Each year we hold at least a dozen human trafficking training and retraining sessions to remind our front line employees what signs to look for and reemphasize the important role they play in making our service area safer for everyone.”
The agency continues to highlight the issue with informational posters on our buses and trains, as well as collaborates with transportation entities to help the public recognize and report potential trafficking.