Human trafficking protest set for end of the month

VICTORIA, Texas – In 2019, 448,090 children went missing. 91% of the cases handled were considered endangered runaways, with one in six of those believed to be victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is more common than you would think. It is happening in our own community.

Texas was the second most call-ins to the human trafficking hotline. And even here in the Crossroads, I know someone personally who was followed in the mall from store to store,” Katie Fitzpatrick, co-organizer of the Stop Human Trafficking Protest says.

These two ladies have had enough of having to look over their shoulder constantly, and want to bring awareness to the situation.

“We’re protesting. We’ll all have signs to try and bring awareness to the Victoria community about what is going on. Hopefully to initiate a conversation to let people know what we’re doing. And also to let the community know how they can come together to prevent human trafficking,” Cierra Clauson, co-organizer, says.

The protest is set for July 30th at 6 pm on the sidewalk in front of the Dr. Pattie Dodson public health center. In the meantime though, you have multiple ways to help human trafficking victims.

“An adult could step in and try to engage with the child. Try to feel the situation and if you have any bad feelings please call. We have numbers and law enforcement, there’s even a national hotline. Try and reach out and be that child’s voice,” Clauson states.

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888 or text HELP to 233733.