NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A new law will allow cosmetology businesses to step in and help combat human trafficking.
"We're going to talk about human trafficking," said Jan Holland, a cosmetology teacher at Nacogdoches High School.
A lecture on human trafficking in a high school cosmetology class seems unlikely, but it's very pertinent.
"We have this new law," Holland said.
The law says starting Feb. 1 all cosmetology businesses must display a sign on how to report suspected human trafficking.
"Right at first, I thought why are we having to get involved with this," Holland said.
Holland, a longtime professional hair stylist and now a state advocate for public school instructors learned the connection.
The regulating agency that oversees salons and schools is explaining the important role stylists have in combating human trafficking.
"You know a lot of people who are doing the trafficking come into the salon because they want them to look their best because it's about making money," Holland said.
Joyce May has owned universal hair for 34 years. She's never suspected human trafficking. Maybe the flyer can keep it that way.
"One person may see it," May said. "If it is, it's worth it. If one person sees it."
Veteran stylists to ones entering the field are realizing they could be a person's lifeline.
On Saturday, 25 cosmetology students from Nacogdoches will compete in a district-wide contest. They are expecting the human trafficking topic to be a prompt for the leadership competition.