New campaign launched to combat human trafficking in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Attorney General announced a statewide campaign to raise awareness and encourage reporting of human trafficking on Wednesday.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the new campaign is being launched on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which is part of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Schmidt said the campaign has three parts.

First, the attorney general's office is partnering with Ashby Street Outdoor and Lamar Advertising in a billboard campaign that encourages the public to report suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The attorney general's office says the billboard campaign is aimed at reaching trafficking victims who may be unaware that resources exist to help them, discourage buyers of commercial sex, and alert community members who can help identify suspicious activity.

Second, radio public service announcements bringing awareness to human trafficking will run in several media markets across the state.

Third, the attorney general's office is partnering with state agencies to distribute awareness posters in department of motor vehicle offices, state-owned rest stops and health care facilities across Kansas.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a confidential, toll-free lifeline for victims and survivors of human trafficking to reach out for help and for people to anonymously report tips. People can can call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or send a text to"BeFree" (233733). For more information on human trafficking, visit