JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri AG Eric Schmitt is changing how human trafficking is reported in the state.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

The change is said to help increase response time and aid cross-jurisdictional cooperation along with removing barriers to reporting human trafficking.

Instead of using the Missouri-specific hotline, the Attorney General’s Office instead will be using the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

“Combating human trafficking is an integral duty of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and it’s a duty that we take seriously,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

“Utilizing the National Human Trafficking Hotline is a crucial step to removing barriers to reporting, increasing response time, and allowing for more cross-jurisdictional cooperation, and it’s already working to aid potential victims of human trafficking.”

Calls made to the Missouri-specific hotline will redirect to the national hotline.