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TDLR Helps Combat Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the exploitation of men, women, and children for labor or sex using force, fraud, or coercion. Labor trafficking and exploitation can happen in any industry.

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. You should also file a complaint if you suspect a TDLR-licensed business may be participating in human trafficking.

TDLR employees who routinely interact with licensees receive training on recognizing signs of potential trafficking. Several industries regulated by TDLR, including nail salons, hair salons and massage establishments, have a known nexus with human trafficking. Because TDLR employees inspect these and other worksites, they can often be the first ally to have contact with potential human trafficking victims. Language barriers, emotional manipulation and intensive monitoring can make it difficult for trafficking victims to reach out for help.

TDLR compliance and enforcement staff work with local law enforcement throughout Texas, the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council, and the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force to identify potential human trafficking in the agency’s regulated industries.

Massage Therapy

Barbering & Cosmetology

Medical & Health Professions

How You Can Help Us Fight Human Trafficking