The Formula One races in Austin, Texas will pump $288 million into the local economy. But Austin police are predicting a darker side to the F1 weekend. Starting in the days leading up to the races, they say, pimps and human traffickers will camouflage themselves in the growing crowds and prey on unsuspecting victims. “When there’s an increased demand for a product, there’s going to be an increase in supply, and we expect that for a lot of events, so we try to address that,” said Sgt. Keith Suitt of the Austin Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit.
Austin Police met with nonprofits to plan a response to a rise in human trafficking during the F1 weekend. Restore a Voice is offering Exodus House, a temporary shelter for trafficking victims the police may rescue during the weekend of the races.
Learn more at Reshma Kirpalani’s KUT article: APD on Alert for F1 Human Trafficking.