Starting on February 20, Texans can purchase a new license plate for their car. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is issuing the “Stop Human Trafficking” license plate. Proceeds from the purchase will benefit the Stop Human Trafficking Donation Account.
The organization helps children, teens, and young adults who are victims of human trafficking.
Human trafficking includes sex trafficking including performing forced sexual acts. The crime also includes human trafficking forcing people to perform acts similar to slavery.
Texas was ranked #2 for human trafficking across the country. In 2020, there were 987 human trafficking cases in the state. But researchers believe the number is actually much lower.
The University of Texas School of Social Work estimated there were 313,000 people who were trafficked in Texas. Out of this number, 79,000 were children who were victims of sexual trafficking.
Governor Greg Abbott said:
"I am proud to unveil the 'Stop Human Trafficking' specialty license plate as we raise awareness about the horrific exploitation of men, women, and children across the state. Texas will continue to lead the fight against the scourge of human trafficking by educating the public, supporting survivors, and shedding light on the injustices that many face. We encourage Texans across the state to join us in our mission to eradicate human trafficking.”
HHSC Office of Family Services Director Megan Bermea said:
“Texans have a new way to raise awareness about human trafficking and support young survivors. Too often, human trafficking is hidden in plain sight. We hope this new specialty license plate will bring the issue to light and gain the attention of more people who can help prevent the exploitation of vulnerable people.”
A Baylor University student shares her thoughts about human trafficking:
Did you realize Texas had a high number of human traffickers?