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Human Trafficking

What is it?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit by controlling and exploiting others. Youth coming out of the foster care system are especially vulnerable to traffickers who lure them with the promise of food, warmth, and even false love.

Once youth are lured they can get caught in a horrible cycle of exploitation and abuse. They are sold for the highest price, and their dignity and sense of self are destroyed. The three main issues of human trafficking are: forced labor, sexual exploitation, and prostitution.

How do I get help?

Call The National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or Text BeFREE (233733)

If you are a victim or suspect that someone else is a victim of human trafficking, it is important to find help by contacting the Human Trafficking Hotline. The free hotline is available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Sex Trafficking in the U.S.

Sex trafficking involves children or adults being controlled and sold to others for sex against their will. Victims of sex trafficking are forced to work in the commercial sex trade against their will. Physical and emotional violence is a large part of this industry, which preys on vulnerable individuals. To keep them working, victims are threatened, lied to, and beaten by traffickers and pimps, who control their money.

Age 12-14: The average age range of girl that first sexually exploited in the commercial sex industry in the U.S.

Real-Life Stories

Watch videos featuring real-life stories shared by actual teens who have experienced victimization firsthand.

  • Amy's Choice: Hear the true story of a 15-year-old girl who left home to meet in person with a man she first "met" online.
  • Survivor Diaries: Ryan and Noah share their stories to show that online victimization can happen to boys too.
  • Julie's Journey: Julie talks about when she left home for three weeks with a convicted murderer she had developed a relationship with online.
  • Your Photo Fate: Once you send a photo online, there’s no way to control it. It’s out of your hands.
  • 6 Degrees of Information: Teens find out how much information an Internet researcher is able to find out about them online.

Human Trafficking Contact Information By Region

Please click on the link to find the complete list of Texas Regional Human Trafficking Resources and Contacts by Region - Texas Regional Resources and Contacts

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