Missouri’s Department of Transportation is getting involved in the fight to stop human trafficking. MoDot has announced that they’ve signed onto the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge. As part of that program, the agency commits to voluntarily educating employees and helping to raise public awareness of human trafficking. The initiative was started by the U.S. Department of Transportation and includes specialized training in recognizing indicator signs that trafficking may be occurring. In 2017, Missouri had the 16th highest number of human trafficking cases in the nation. Kansas City, St. Louis, and Branson, Rolla, Springfield, and Joplin are listed as the most common locations for trafficking cases to be reported.