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Sex Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is a crime using force, fraud, or coercion to induce another individual to perform commercial sex. Common types include escort service, pornography, illicit massage businesses, brothels, and outdoor solicitation.
Sex Traffickers use threats, manipulation, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.
Under U.S. law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking - regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud or coercion.
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Check out this video featuring parent, Janiece Charlez whose daughter Natalie became introduced to her pimp/trafficker at the age of 15 while attending High School in Temple, TX.
Like any crime, human trafficking can occur in any community where there are teens to manipulate and an illegal black market place to service. In 2018 there were 10949 cases of human trafficking reported in the United States according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
This is only a small percentage of the actual occurrences of trafficking as many cases go unreported. There are so many unreported cases because most of us wouldn’t recognize trafficking if we saw it. This map (courtesy of Polaris Project) shows where these phone calls originated from. Visit National Human Trafficking Hotline website to get statistics specific to your state:
The statistics concerning human trafficking are very troubling, and the problem is getting worse as trafficker techniques become more savvy. According to the FBI, human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime sector in the United States.
Some think, this only happens in other countries, but this couldn't be further from the truth as this problem is happening in our own communities and the United States is in fact a country of destination. With calls into the National Human Trafficking Hotline increasing, Texas has become the No. 2 hub for this activity. Any of our young people could be susceptible to being manipulated by a trafficker, which is why we must know the signs, and respond if something seems wrong with someone you love.
The initial prevalence and benchmark for Texas Report - 2016.
Report from the Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas, a collaboration among the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) and the Bureau of Business Research at The University of Texas at Austin as well as Allies Against Slavery. The study found that there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking. Minor and youth sex trafficking costs the state of Texas approximately $6.6 billion annually, and traffickers exploit approximately $600 million from victims of labor trafficking in Texas.
Life Experiences of Minors and Youth in Texas At Risk for Commercial Sexual Exploitation - 2018 Report
"To the public nothing was wrong with me"
"When I was 14, I ran away ‘cause I was living with my sister and I ran away from there because like we weren't getting along. And then I was homeless for awhile so I started learning how to survive, which was having sex and stuff." –Age 19, CH Female, Houston
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