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
- Restore their sense of well-being
- 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
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.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives tips from across the country about potential human trafficking and facilitates reports to the appropriate authorities. The Hotline also connects victims and survivors with the services and supports needed to get help and stay safe. CSTT is partnering with the Hotline to enhance its services for the State of Texas through increased awareness, data and analysis, and improved recovery and referral protocols. Watch our webinar to learn more about the Hotline’s work, capabilities, and its partnership with the State of Texas.
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