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City Wants Hotels And Motels to Increase Reporting about Human Trafficking in Houston

Officials also aim at getting federal funding and help from the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Minal Davis serves as special advisor to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on human trafficking.

Working with local hotels and motels to increase reporting of human trafficking is one of the components of the ongoing efforts the City of Houston is undertaking to combat that type of crime.

The Office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that the second phase of a plan the City initiated two years ago is starting.

Besides collaborating with hotels and motels, the City also wants to advocate for federal funding for initiatives like this and, additionally, engage the U.S. Conference of Mayors, according to a news release from Turner’s office.

Minal Davis, special advisor to the Mayor on human trafficking, and Turner himself already discussed Houston’s efforts during this year’s meeting of the Conference.

City officials also want to raise awareness on labor trafficking among corporate partners.

A City shelter supported 71 victims of labor and sex trafficking, according to a report on the first two years of the anti-human trafficking plan.

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