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New anti-human trafficking campaign to be announced

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 4:30 am

HOUSTON — Various local, state and federal officials plan to announce a new anti-human trafficking campaign for Texas.

Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, Houston Mayor Anise Parker, FBI Houston Acting Special Agent in Charge Carlos Barron and other officials plan to announce the new campaign at a press conference outside of Houston’s city hall.

Officials said they also want to encourage the public to report any instance of trafficking.

The FBI said Texas ranks second in the nation, behind only California, in total calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The resource center since 2007 has received more than 9,500 calls on Texas cases.

Texas is regarded as one of the major hubs for international human trafficking because of its many interstate freeways, international airports and its shared border with Mexico.

International Labour Organisation paper, human trafficking — or sexual servitude and forced labor — brings in about $32 billion annually, making it the second most profitable criminal enterprise after illegal arms trafficking.

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