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Austin police seek assistance combating human trafficking during SXSW

The Austin Police Department is asking for the public's help to combat human trafficking during SXSW this year.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department sent out a release on Thursday asking the public to keep aware of their surroundings during SXSW and to report anything they may think could be linked to human trafficking.

Austin police said they will work with peer agencies and Austin's diverse anti-human trafficking groups throughout the event.

According to police, sex trafficking is mostly done through social media, so be sure to report any social media posts that offer sex for money.

Police said traffickers also look to recruit new victims during large events, so stay aware of what information you share on social media.

Be sure to call 9-1-1 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 if you have any information related to possible human trafficking.


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