The checkered flags are ready and tickets to the race are sold out as Formula 1 races into Austin this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, bringing in a record number of visitors to Central Texas.
But, local organization, Restore a Voice says the international stage also brings an elevated threat of human trafficking this week.
To raise awareness, Restore a Voice has partnered with Capital Metro to bring six of these ads to the public:
And 50 of these, viewable inside Capital Metro buses:
All ads will be up through December 31.
Larry Megason, executive director of Restore a Voice told us that he hopes folks seeing the ads will gain awareness of the human trafficking is happening in Austin, even during Formula 1.
“We hope that it will drive people to our website where they can get some information about (human trafficking) that is happening in our city and globally,” Megason said. “There is an issue in our city and we want people to know about it.”
As listed on the ads, the U.S. National Human Trafficking hotline is available at 888.373.7888