Human Trafficking = Slavery

Human trafficking is slavery. It is immoral and needs to end.

In Texas there are over 300,000 estimated victims of human trafficking. Over 230,000 of these victims are workers; nearly 80,000 are minors who fall victim to sex trafficking. Every one of these victims, no matter where they come from or how old they are, are taken advantage of because of their dire life circumstances.

  • The Texas Legislature has recognized the issue of sex trafficking but has not done enough to provide meaningful resources to support the exploited – instead our policies tend to criminalize the victim.
  • The Texas Legislature has turned a blind eye toward the issue of trafficked labor by refusing to hold employers and industries licensed to operate in our State accountable for their role in supporting human trafficking.

We need to aggressively put human traffickers and those who directly profit from human trafficking on notice – they will be prosecuted in Texas to the fullest extent. Human trafficking is a crime against humanity.
Busch-Armendariz, N.B., Nale, N.L., Kammer-Kerwick, M., Kellison,B., Torres, M.I.M., Cook-Heffron, L., Nehme, J. (2016). Human Trafficking by the Numbers: Initial Benchmarks of Prevalence & Economic Impact in Texas. Austin, TX: Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, The University of Texas at Austin.

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