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Human Trafficking

is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

FACTS

  • Sex trafficking occurs when a pimp, trafficker, controller, or even a family member uses force, fraud, and/or coercion to maintain control over an individual and causes him or her to engage in commercial sex acts such as stripping, pornography, or prostitution.
  • Human trafficking in the private economy generates $150 billion in illegal profits per year. (International Labour Organization)
  • Sex trafficking generated as much as $99 billion in illegal profits. (International Labour Organization)
  • Approximately 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas.(Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work) and exponentially more are at risk of being prostituted across the United States each year.
  • As many as 1.6–2.8 million children run away each year in the United States, and within forty-eight hours of hitting the streets, a third of these children are lured or recruited by a trafficker into the underground world of prostitution and pornography.(The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • In 2016, 1 out of 6 of the 18,500 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely sex trafficking victims.(The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys in the United States are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood. (ICE Operation Predator)
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day. (Polaris Project)


Sex trafficking is a crime against humanity and a horrible evil that is growing in prevalence. Help us run the distance and raise the funds needed to build the OneVoiceHome.

STATISTICS: TEXAS AND LUBBOCK

• In 2016, Texas has the second highest number of reported cases of human trafficking in the United States, behind California (National Human Trafficking Hotline)

• Out of the 254 Texas counties, Lubbock County filed 25% of the cases for Trafficking of Persons in the entire state of Texas (Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report 2014)

• 1,731 calls were made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, from Texas and 433 human trafficking cases were reported in 2015 (National Human Trafficking Hotline Texas Statistics)

• Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, 1/3 of these children are lured or recruited by a trafficker into the underground world of prostitution and pornography (The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

• One in every 5 victims of human trafficking in the United States travels through Texas along the I-10 corridor (Office of the Attorney General)

• As of August 31, 2014, 98 individuals were incarcerated in Texas prisons for convictions of either trafficking of persons or compelling prostitution (Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report 2014)

 Sporting events and conventions at major cities in Texas, such as Houston, Dallas, and Austin, create strong demand for the commercial sex industry (ICE Operation Predator)

RESOURCES

The following organizations are actively fighting human trafficking through awareness, law reform, intervention or restoration. Please visit these sites to learn more this injustice and how to fight human trafficking. ( CLICK LINKS BELOW )

Websites on Human Trafficking:

Documentaries on Human Trafficking:

Books about Human Trafficking:

  • The Good News About Injustice by Gary A. Haugen
  • Not For Sale by David Batstone
  • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

REPORT

To request help or to report suspected human trafficking
CALL the National human trafficking hotline:

1-888-373-7888

or

Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)

http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/

Need Help?



If you or someone you know is a victim, contact the National Human Trafficking hotline at 1.888.373.7888 or text "HELP" or "INFO" to 233733.

Or, locally here in Lubbock, contact the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center, also known as Voice of Hope, at 806.763.7273