A new comprehensive training video introduced by Attorney General Ken Paxton aims to educate Texans about and combat against human trafficking. Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking was put together by the Office of the Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Section and debuted to the public at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center in January.
“This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate, and empower Texans to prevent, recognize, and report human trafficking,” Paxton said in a press release. “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking was created to enlist citizens from every walk of life to help Texas in its nationwide leadership role to combat and ultimately eliminate this horrific and dehumanizing crime.”
Texas has the country’s second highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, according to the press release, and at any given time there are more than 300,000 victims in the state.
The 50-minute video uses real Texas cases to educate viewers on human trafficking and how they can look out for their communities. Be the One is full of deeply emotional stories from survivors, experts on human trafficking, law enforcement, and even a Texan who helped authorities shut down an operation in The Woodlands.
Be the One was made mandatory viewing for the some 4,000 employees of the attorney general’s office and was used by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to train its 8,000 front-line caseworkers, according to the press release.
To watch the video, go to texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking.