Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings. Essentially, it’s a form of modern-day slavery. The two primary drivers for the industry are sexual exploitation and forced labor (domestic and agricultural), and because of our proximity to one of the busiest international borders worldwide, Texas – sadly – serves as a hub.
How bad is it? The Department of Health and Human services reports that our state hosts approximately a quarter of all trafficked persons in the entire country at any given time.
Where do these people come from? Lots of places. Recently, though, an FBI spokesperson shared with a San Antonio local news station that one out of every four runaways are approached by someone interested in trafficking [...]