January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

As part of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Metro is reminding the public how to help potential victims. Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

To put it more bluntly, human trafficking is a heinous crime and victims are often transported on buses and trains in the United States. Almost one million people — mostly young girls — are trafficked against their will each year.

A person, including young women, may be a victim of trafficking if he/she/they:

  • Look or looks fearful or depressed, and is not on his/her/they own
  • Is being closely watched
  • Does not have possession of his/her/their paperwork or money
  • Shows signs of physical abuse

Please help us assist those in need. If you have reason to believe someone might be a victim of human trafficking, please call 888.950.SAFE.

Metro law enforcement contractors receive Human Trafficking awareness training. All employees at Metro, including bus and rail operators, are trained and educated on how to report suspected human trafficking and help victims who want to make a report. Operators who travel daily through the main trafficking hubs are aware of the signs that someone may be in need of rescue.

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