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Human trafficking awareness training initiative

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. Help us put an end to it.

As an expansion of the 2019 “On the Road to End Human Trafficking” campaign, the Austin District launched the “Human Trafficking Awareness Training Initiative” to expand our knowledge of human trafficking, how it pertains to the transportation industry, as well as the proper methods of reporting suspicious activity.

The Austin District’s Human Trafficking Awareness Training Initiative is made possible through a partnership with the Office of Governor Greg Abbott and the Governor’s Commission for Women.

Training resources

The Austin District Human Trafficking Awareness team provides in-person and virtual training sessions. For information regarding scheduling your own training session and ordering training materials, reach out to TxDOT’s Alex Navarro.

Video Q&A

Video #1: Child servitude

  • Total run time – 30 seconds
  • What indicators (red flags/signs) of labor trafficking did you see in this video?
    • An unaccompanied minor
    • A minor not attending school
    • Appearing fearful, anxious, submissive, tense or paranoid
    • Not able to speak for themselves
    • Living in isolation from family, friends and community organizations

Video #2: Med clinic

  • Total run time – 1 minute, 45 seconds
  • What indicators (red flags/signs) of labor trafficking did you see in this video?
    • Being in the company of someone seeming to control the situation
    • Being told not to speak
    • Appearing fearful, anxious, submissive, tense or paranoid
    • Being threatened with arrest and imprisonment
    • Having their family threatened
    • Exhibiting bruises or other signs of physical harm

Video #3: Rest area

  • Total run time – 2 minutes
  • What indicators (red flags/signs) of labor trafficking did you see in this video?
    • Appearing fearful, anxious, submissive, tense or paranoid
    • Being unable to move about freely
    • Not able to speak for themselves
    • Not knowing when they get paid
    • Being subject to deportation threats
    • Looking to someone else (trafficker/boss) before answering questions
    • If traveling, inconsistencies in describing the purpose of travel

Video #4: Truck stop

  • Total run time – 1 minute
  • What indicators (red flags/signs) of sex trafficking did you see in this video?
    • An unaccompanied minor
    • Appearing fearful, anxious, submissive, tense or paranoid
    • Being supplied with drugs/appearing intoxicated
    • Being threatened or coerced
    • Being forced to pay off an alleged debt
    • Being subject to false promises about love/companionship

Refresher training

The Austin District designed a “Tailgate Refresher” as a quick reminder for those working in the field to utilize every six months:

  • Review signs of human trafficking
  • Perform vehicle check for required materials
  • Discuss any potential human trafficking situations

Find information to plan your own Tailgate Refresher.