If the situation is an emergency or you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 and alert the authorities. Tell them you think it may be human trafficking, so that it can be routed to the proper investigators. Be sure to share all actionable information you have — including descriptions of cars and people, when and where you saw the conduct, and take a picture if you can safely do so.
Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline
After contacting law enforcement, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888. You can also text “Help” or “Info” to 233733. Additionally, you can reach the hotline by email: Report@PolarisProject.org.
Pay close attention to the people in your neighborhood and community. Report behaviors that might be evidence of human trafficking. Call as soon as possible after you make the observations. The fresher the information, the more likely law enforcement can take action.
Don’t Approach Traffickers
Human traffickers are some of the most violent offenders in Texas. Don’t approach them yourself. Instead, contact law enforcement and allow them to respond.
What to Do if You Are Unsure
If you can safely obtain more information, do so. Talk with the individual in a private setting that is non-threatening if you have the type of relationship that allows you to have that conversation comfortably. If you have a concern that such a conversation would put you or that person in danger, then make the call to report instead.
- Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text “Help” or “Info” to 233733.
The hotline is staffed 24/7 with people trained in recognizing and identifying trafficking. They can help you make sense of the information that you have and recommend next steps.
- Call law enforcement or your local district attorney’s office through a non-emergency number and ask to speak to someone who works on trafficking cases.
Many of the larger jurisdictions have specialized law enforcement and assistant district attorneys who can talk through the situation with you.
- Call the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
They have victim advocates who specialize in human trafficking stationed across the state.
- Call Child Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400 if a child is involved.
Tell them you have concerns for trafficking during your intake call or online report.
- Call the Office of the Attorney General, Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section at 512-463-1646 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Attorney General has law enforcement officers specifically trained to combat and investigate human trafficking around the state.