Child Sex Trafficking Team
Sadly, children are sexually exploited in Texas every day. They are forced to engage in sexual activity, often for the financial gain of their abuser.
The Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) in the Office of the Governor is fighting to end this crime and to help its young victims.
Our mission is to build sustainable capacity, enhance expertise, promote policies, and create new and leverage existing collaborations to:
- Protect children from sexual exploitation
- Help the public recognize signs of sexual exploitation
- Help victims recover
- Support healing
- Bring justice to those who exploit children.
Texas' Child Sex Trafficking Team has implemented a number of statewide initiatives to help bring an end to the horrendous practice of child sexual exploitation, but we still have much work to do.
Governor Greg Abbott
Latest Updates for Governor Abbott's Strategies
- Andrea Sparks, Director of the Child Sex Trafficking Team, discusses the progress made and lessons learned from the first 3 years of operation in addressing the sexual exploitation of child and youth during the November installment of our monthly webinar series titled "Ending Child Exploitation in Texas: Progress, Hope and What We've Learned So Far."
- CSTT Implementation Summary, May 2020: A Quick look on CSTT's progress under each point of the star.
- CSEY Advocacy: An Overview
The Child Sex Trafficking Team has partnered with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to develop a Roadmap for Texas Communities to Address Child Sex Trafficking. The Roadmap provides research, emerging practices, lessons learned, and resources for communities to effectively engage in the fight against child sex trafficking and align themselves with statewide strategies and goals.
Possible Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation
- Changes in school attendance, habits, friend groups, vocabulary, demeanor, and attitude
- Sudden appearance of expensive items (e.g. manicures, designer clothes, purses, technology)
- Tattoos or branding
- Refillable gift cards
- Frequent runaway episodes
- Multiple phones or social media accounts
- Provocative pictures posted online or stored on the phone
- Unexplained injuries
- Isolation from family, friends, and community
- Older boyfriends, girlfriends