Preventing Human Trafficking
Human Sex Trafficking Concerns
In 2016, a University of Texas report estimated that over 300,000 Texans are currently being trafficked, including 79,000 youth victims of sex trafficking. For the upcoming year, the Commission is focused on assisting the state of Texas in the fight against trafficking.
What You Can Do
The Commission has outlined a phased approach to address this issue.
1. Raise Awareness
- The Attorney General of Texas’ Office has developed a training video called “Be The One” to educate audiences. It includes:
- Actual cases prosecuted in the state of Texas
- Tools traffickers typically use
- How to identify red flags
- Reporting protocol and tips
- Watch the video and share it with others
- You can request a DVD copy of the training video from email@example.com
2. Become a Mentor
- We believe instances of human trafficking can be drastically reduced by building strong mentor-mentee relationships and educating young people on the lures of trafficking.
- This effort ties in closely with First Lady Cecilia Abbott’s Network of Nurture since over 60 percent of child sex trafficking victims were children from foster care or group homes.
- A few organizations with established mentoring models include:
The Commission is currently conducting research and developing plans to combat the issue of human trafficking by partnering with Texas anti-trafficking organizations and existing healthy relationship and/or human trafficking campaigns. With this information, the Commission plans to assist the state with addressing the problem.
Resources and Research
- Clearinghouse of Initiatives and Responses
- First Lady Cecilia Abbott’s Network of Nurture
- Office of the Texas Governor Child Sex Trafficking Team
- The Attorney General of Texas Be The One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization
- Texas CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children