WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
“Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age, (22 USC § 7102)” (NHTRC).
The United States is the number one consumer of women.
SEX TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS
There are 19 spots for juvenile survivors of sex-trafficking available in Texas outside of the juvenile detention system. In 2015, a Waco based organization identified and contacted 30 survivors of domestic minor sex-trafficking, a majority of whom have not received treatment for the physical and mental trauma they carry with them.
Mary, from Killeen, Texas, was able to get away from her trafficker and reported him to the police; unfortunately, the trafficker knew where she lives and continued to return to her home to threaten her family and try to get her to return with him. A human trafficking prevention organization in Waco found a place for her at a non-profit organization in Louisiana. However, upon arrival, they denied her a spot in the program due to her trauma related health problems. She returned home and was re-trafficked within the month. We do not know where Mary is.
Texas is the state with the second highest number of sex trafficking cases reported.
Houston is the #1 city for sex trafficking in Texas; Dallas is the second. This makes Central Texas a high trafficking area as many victims are trafficked along I-35.
Texas has Asian, Hispanic, and International brothels.
346 cases of human trafficking were reported in Texas in 2014.
256 of those cases reported were sex trafficking cases; 13 of those were sex and labor.
289 of those cases reported involved females; 120 of the cases involved minors.