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What is Human Trafficking?

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“Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” See National Human Trafficking Hotline website for more information.

Human trafficking can affect anyone; male, female, adult or child. People can be trafficked within their state, country or internationally. Traffickers can be male or female, old or young.

As a business operating in Texas, you can aid in the fight to end human trafficking by joining Texas Businesses Against Trafficking “TBAT”.

About TBAT

In 2016, the Secretary of State established a human trafficking prevention business partnership under §405.023 of the Texas Government Code and 1 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 90. Texas businesses can work together in sharing training resources, best practices and information to help combat human trafficking.

Meet TBAT's current Partners and Associates.

Why Should You Join TBAT?

How to Apply

Your business can get involved in TBAT at either the Associate level or the Partner level. Interested businesses should submit the appropriate application along with any necessary supporting documents.

Become a Partner

You can apply to join TBAT as a Partner by submitting a completed Application for Certificate of Recognition (Word, PDF).

Eligible businesses can become a Partner of TBAT by demonstrating that they have taken the following actions:

In addition, when a business becomes a Partner, the business agrees to participate in at least one public awareness/education campaign each year, share any best practices with the secretary of state, and help increase awareness of TBAT.

For more information on the requirements, please see Texas Government Code §405.023 and 1 TAC Chapter 90.

Become an Associate

You can apply to join TBAT as an Associate by submitting a completed Application for Certificate of Association (Word, PDF).

Eligible businesses can become an Associate of TBAT by demonstrating that they have taken the following actions:

In addition, when a business becomes an Associate, the business agrees to participate in at least one public awareness/education campaign during its term as an Associate, share any best practices with the secretary of state, and help increase awareness of TBAT.


Please email tbat@sos.texas.gov for more information or assistance.