Human trafficking is a human rights violation occurring across the globe, including all 50 states in the United States. It is estimated to impact 25-40 million people worldwide. It is estimated that this criminal industry generates $150 billion dollars annually, making it the second largest criminal industry behind the drug trade. Human trafficking can happen to anyone, anywhere. It is imperative to shine a light on this issue that has historically been hidden from communities. Awareness and education are key to prevention and ending trafficking.


Energy companies around the world are in a unique position to positively impact the communities where they live and operate around the world and can drive change around a major social issue facing society: human trafficking. Being an industry centered around safety, energy companies work every day to keep employees safe. Fighting human trafficking is an example of how energy companies can work to keep families and communities safe, in particular, women and children, who are disproportionately affected by this crime. Lastly, the energy industry is deeply committed to sustainable development. Energy companies can advance human rights by addressing human trafficking.


The Oil & Gas Trafficking Awareness Group (OGTAG) was started by an oil and gas software company, OVS Group, to raise awareness about human trafficking and educate companies about the role they can play in ending it. The group began in 2017 with two energy professionals from two different companies and has grown to represent nearly 20 operators and 35+ service companies. No dues or annual fees are required to participate in OGTAG. Bi-monthly meetings are held in chapter cities to engage the energy industry. Currently, OGTAG has chapters in Houston and Denver. 

Formed in Houston, Texas, a city well known for being the “epicenter for human trafficking in the U.S.,” OGTAG has added value to the #FightForUS movement / strategy for combating human trafficking and advancing human rights in the city. 


“Houston is the energy capital of the world, and I applaud the energy industry’s efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking and work toward eradicating these crimes in our society,” 

said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

“The City of Houston has dedicated significant time and resources to anti-human trafficking efforts. We are fortunate that Houston also has exceptional corporate citizens taking the lead as OGTAG members work together to take a stand on this critical issue.” 



OGTAG serves as a forum for companies to discuss best practices:

  • Awareness – We work together through our business relationships to introduce companies and their employees in the industry to the issue of human trafficking.
  • Education – We provide resources and educational opportunities to show companies how they can help end human trafficking through personnel awareness initiatives, the institution of corporate policies, and specific initiatives tailored to each segment of the business. 
  • Engagement – Through coalition builds and volunteer opportunities, we help member companies support the efforts of local anti-trafficking nonprofits in communities where we live and work. 
  • Investment – We encourage member companies to invest in local nonprofits that create awareness about human trafficking and provide direct services for victims and survivors.

The industry is empowering freedom and we invite you to join us. Check out the “Get Involved” section for opportunities to directly impact this issue and attend a meeting in your area!