You've been warned. Julie Waters with "Free the Captives" teamed up with the Harris County Sheriff's Department passed out fliers outside an Astros game recently warning about the crackdown on human trafficking.
"It was OTC night, and we passed out 1,000 fliers."
It was the opening salvo in the fight to combat human trafficking during the event.. Free the captives and the department have teamed up.. Besides the fliers.. Water's organization has designed billboards and produced a PSA featuring Sheriff Adrian Garcia..
So why target the OTC?
It's not the OTC per se. It's just the fact that you have a large event where 80-thousand people congregate to Houston. when you see numbers like that sex trafficking spikes." says Waters.
Law enforcement will tell you that events like the OTC, the NBA All Star Game, the Super bowl, any event that draws Thousands and thousands of people will draw human traffickers and their victims as well. As the saying goes "that's where the money is."
Besides issuing warnings, law enforcement is cracking down. The Sheriff's Department just rounded up a dozen would be johns in an undercover sting. They may or may not have been related to the OTC, the Sheriff's Department didn't have that info available. But Waters says so what?
"There is still a huge problem in Houston.. Even if the OTC hadn't been here they still would've been able to arrest numerous johns."
HPD says it hasn't tracked how many OTC-related prostitution arrests there have been so far because it's still going on.