Houston, TX—There are many reasons to celebrate Houston.
The Bayou City has been ranked one of the best cities for college grads, newlyweds and businesses.
So, what`s not cool about houston--the traffic.
And no, we`re not talking about the bumper-to-bumper kind.
Because of the proximity to the Texas-Mexico border, Houston is quickly becoming a hub for human trafficking.
"From 2007-2011, 554 human trafficking investigations led to 132 arrests and 369 juvenile victims of human trafficking were identified," said Mayor Annise Parker.
September is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Mayor Annise Parker has created a committee to help combat this serious problem.
She appointed Maria Trujillo to chair the committee.
Trujillo says prostitution and seedy massage parlors are only one part of the problem.
"There are nannies and maids in multi-million dollar homes throughout our city who are in domestic servitude," said Maria Trujillo, Executive Director of the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition
It`s true; You just never know what`s going on behind closed doors.
S, how can you help?
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is a toll-free hotline operated 24/7/365.
Call 1-888-3737-888 if you see something suspicious.
Doing so could help save lives, and help bring an end to modern day slavery.