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New partnership between AG’s office, state public transit association to combat human trafficking in Kansas

Release Date: Nov 16, 2017

Kansas Public Transit representatives and AG SchmidtTOPEKA – (November 16, 2017) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Public Transit Association have formed a new partnership to raise awareness and work to combat human trafficking in Kansas.

Schmidt yesterday was presented with a proclamation adopted by members of the Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA) at their annual meeting in August urging all Kansas transits to become educated about human trafficking and slavery. The board members presented the resolution to Schmidt at the Capitol building.

“I commend the KPTA for making this issue a priority,” Schmidt said. “By combining forces with public transit agencies, we hope to raise awareness of human trafficking that occurs along our Kansas roads and highways. The public can also assist by reporting suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline at 888-3737-888.”

As part of the new partnership, the attorney general’s office will train public transit operators and staff across the state on the signs of human trafficking and how to report it. The Topeka Metro will be the first transit authority trained next month.

“The KPTA has a role in identifying and preventing the continued trafficking of persons in Kansas. Increased awareness and education with our 90 member agencies across Kansas will help combat this form of slavery. We look forward to the education and training the attorney general’s office will be providing this next year,” said Susan Duffy, KPTA Board Chairman.

The KPTA was founded in 1981 by individuals and Kansas transit systems interested in promoting public transportation in Kansas. The KPTA has grown from 10 original members to 90 member agencies today. The mission of the KPTA is to promote public transportation in Kansas, promote the general welfare of its members, foster sound management of public transportation and encourage the exchange of ideas.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Signs of possible human trafficking can be found on the attorney general’s website at http://1.usa.gov/1VU0oNY.

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Photo Caption: Attorney General Derek Schmidt with KPTA board members. From left to right: Kristy Haden, Wabaunsee County Transportation, Michelle Stroot, Wichita Transit, Robert Nugent, Lawrence Transit, Susan Duffy, Topeka Metro, Danny Kaiser, KU Transit, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Tuck Duncan, KPTA, Ann Lowder, R-TAP, Kandance Bonneson, Sedgwick Department on Aging, Jennifer Montgomery, Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Corey Davis, KDOT, Kara Reynolds, Coffey County Transportation.

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