SAN ANTONIO - The fight against human trafficking in Texas is about to get even bigger.
It's been nearly three years since the legislature created a program called Texas Businesses Against Trafficking. The idea is to encourage businesses to adopt anti-trafficking policies and train their workers to spot victims. But right now, there are only six companies taking part across the state, including one in San Antonio.
To get more companies on board, the state is now tweaking its rules for membership.
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley says businesses can now take part as either an "associate" or a "partner", titles that come with different requirements.
"Combating human trafficking is a year-round fight, and our office is extremely proud of our current partners who serve as the gold standard for human trafficking prevention in the State of Texas," Secretary Whitley said. "By taking steps to educate their employees on the indicators of human trafficking and leveraging the powerful resources of the business community, our TBAT participants are leading the way in addressing a serious issue that affects so many lives throughout Texas and the nation. We urge Texas businesses to join TBAT and help make an impact for those who have become victims of human trafficking."
Become A Partner
Eligible businesses can become a Partner of TBAT by demonstrating that they have taken the following actions:
Adopt a zero tolerance policy towards human trafficking;
Take action to ensure compliance with the zero tolerance policy; and
Participate in a public awareness/education campaign within 12 months prior to submission of application.
In addition, when a business becomes a Partner, the business agrees to participate in at least one public awareness/education campaign each year, share any best practices with the secretary of state, and help increase awareness of the Partnership.
To apply to become a partner in TBAT, click here.
Become An Associate
Eligible businesses can become an Associate of TBAT by demonstrating that they have taken the following actions:
Prohibit the use of business funds to patronize a business that is part of the commercial sex industry and prohibit the use of business resources to engage in illegal sex or operate a business that is part of the commercial sex industry;
Adopt a policy aimed at reducing human trafficking;
Make training available to employees about recognizing and addressing human trafficking; and
Include information about the business's human trafficking policy in supplier contracts;
In addition, when a business becomes an Associate, the business agrees to participate in at least one public awareness/education campaign during its term as an Associate, share any best practices with the secretary of state, and help increase awareness of the Partnership.
To apply to become an associate in TBAT, click here.
To learn more about TBAT requirements and our current partners, click here.
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