The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin hanging posters in 41 rest areas across Minnesota this week to educate people about human trafficking.
The posters will include guidelines on how to recognize signs of human trafficking and potential victims, and a toll-free hotline to report any suspicious activity.
MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle says Minnesota has the third highest number of human trafficking cases in the country, and the Twin Cities is one of the 13 U.S. cities with a high rate of child prostitution.
Human trafficking often involves travel, including the transport of victims from a base of operations to locations of exploitation.
Zelle signed a pledge in January to join Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking and to make fighting human trafficking a MnDOT priority.
If you see signs of human trafficking or are a trafficking victim, you're asked to submit a tip on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center website, or call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888