The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has been designated a Safe Place. The goal is to help fight human trafficking in Nevada and the country.

"Nevada is number one in calls to the human trafficking hot line," said Assemblywoman Jill Tolles at a press conference Monday. "It is a major issue here. One of the hubs where trafficking occurs is through our airports." 

The airport is teaming up with The Children’s Cabinet, and is in the process of training airport employees. Each employee has been trained to spot clues of trafficking and will wear a badge that reminds them of the signs. The airport has also placed Safe Place signs and decals throughout the airport to remind passengers to speak up and reach out if they need to. 

"If you have a youth that lives in another community and they travel to the airport and they see the Safe Place sign, they also know this is a safe place for them," said Kim Young, the Executive Director of the Children's Cabinet. 

"It's important when you know that there is a problem in your community and you know that the airport might have an opportunity to solve that problem, you need to do something," said Marily Mora, C.E.O. of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Authority. 

Reno is leading the way with this initiative by being the second airport in the nation with this type of program.

"This is really going to grow at airports across the nation," Mora said. 

“At The Children’s Cabinet, we aim to keep all children safe, and through Safe Place, provide immediate and accessible resources and support if they need help,” said Kim Young, The Children’s Cabinet Executive Director. “We believe Reno-Tahoe International Airport is a critical safety site in our list of local partner locations for children in crisis or dangerous situations.”

As a Safe Place site, the Safe Place logo is now displayed throughout the airport to provide a visual cue to troubled youths so they can seek help and safety by approaching any airport employee. In addition, RNO will be implementing a human trafficking training program for each employee that includes a video by the American Association of Airport Executives.

“With 4.2 million annual travelers who pass through the door of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, it makes sense for RNO to be a safe place for youth who may be in need,” said  Mora. “We are pleased to work with our local partner, The Children’s Cabinet, to support their programs for area youth.”

Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. Safe Place designates businesses as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country.  Locally, Project Safe Place maintains a growing network of over 65 local businesses, including McDonald's restaurants, retail stores, restaurants, non-profits in the area, the entire fleet of RTC buses, and Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

(The Reno-Tahoe International Airport contributed to this report.)