Human trafficking is modern day slavery; and it’s happening before our eyes.
Over 100,000 U.S. born children are trafficked each year within our own borders for the purpose of being sold for sex. It is estimated that 50,000 people are trafficked from foreign countries to the U.S. with 25% coming through Texas.
In Texas, the majority of trafficked people are women, 2/3 are adults with a 50/50 split of citizens and foreign nationals. The average age a young girl is lured into the web of trafficking is 12. Currently, there are 47,000 children reported as missing each year in the state of Texas. It is estimated that 1 in 7 of those children are or will become human trafficking victims.
Though trafficking for purposes of sex/forced prostitution is not the sole purpose, it is the majority form of trafficking; with domestic service and labor second greatest, we see these people in the hotel/motel industry, farming, construction and landscape work.
We will explore not only the victims and victimology but we will explore these questions: Who is brokering? Who is buying? Where are they hiding? We will endeavor to educate through stories, inform on best practices for parents, employers and citizens, and advocate to impact legislative initiatives.