TDLR Combats Human Trafficking


TDLR recognizes the importance of its role in stopping human trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Our agency has aligned itself with the Governor’s and Attorney General’s initiatives to end human trafficking in Texas.

To report suspected human trafficking, contact the National Hotline for Human Trafficking at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). If the situation is an emergency or you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 and alert the authorities.

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More information on human trafficking is available from the following resources:

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TDLR’s Efforts

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TDLR's human trafficking prevention activities and training include:

  • TDLR is a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, established in 2009 with the enactment of House Bill 4009 and coordinated through the Office of the Attorney General.
  • TDLR Field Operations staff participated in training sessions conducted by the Texas Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety to learn how to identify signs of human trafficking. Field Operations staff conduct periodic, unscheduled, onsite inspections at various facilities throughout the state.
  • TDLR designated a human trafficking liaison who participates in regular human trafficking task force meetings, attends training and coordinates staff training and agency initiatives.
  • TDLR worked with Polaris to develop training for TDLR staff on human trafficking in massage establishments.
  • TDLR identified and reported suspected trafficking to the National Hotline for Human Trafficking, resulting in sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security.
  • TDLR organized a training on human trafficking for State of Texas communicators.
  • TDLR field inspectors carry information cards with the human trafficking hotline phone number and important human trafficking identifiers.
  • TDLR staff attended the 2016 Slave Free City Summit in Austin, a forum for staff to collaborate with other agencies to share information, develop an understanding of their roles, and create a plan.
  • TDLR posts human trafficking information on our social media accounts to help raise awareness.


You don’t have to look far to find human trafficking victims - The Conversation

Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses - Polaris

The Price of Nice Nails - New York Times

The Shadow Economy of American Nail Salons - Vice

Massage parlor raided in sex trafficking sting, 2 women rescued - Waco Tribune-Herald

Attorney General’s Office Teams Up with Local, Federal Law Enforcement to Arrest 13 People Involved in Organized Crime and Prostitution in Texas - Office of the Attorney General

Governor Abbott Proclaims January 2018 to be Human Trafficking Prevention Month - Office of the Texas Governor

The Lost Girls - Texas Monthly

Houston man is charged with human trafficking - Houston Chronicle

Sheriff's office arrests 44 people in sex trafficking sting - KXXV-TV, Waco, Killeen & Temple

Waco, McLennan county efforts model for state in battle against human trafficking - Waco Tribune-Herald

How Texas can end human trafficking, one hero at a time - The Dallas Morning News

15 women accused of running brothels in Dallas after 8 massage parlors busted - The Dallas Morning News

One arrested after human-trafficking raids on local massage parlors - KWTX