Modern-day slavery is a huge and growing problem, and it's not limited to international news reels or far-flung regions that won't touch your life. It's happening here in Houston, around the corner and across the street.
Join us for an evening of education. Speakers include the staff attorney for Children at Risk, an advocate for stiffer anti-trafficking laws, and a Houston police officer tasked with overseeing this special victims crime.
These aren't easy things to talk about, but to help these young victims, we cannot remain willfully ignorant…
This is a free event. Due to space limitations, we ask that you register at the «Tickets» link to help us coordinate resources.
Trafficking in our backyard — sobering statistics:
• Houston has emerged as a hub for human trafficking. The I-10 corridor was designated by the Department of Justice as the number one route for human trafficking.
• 100,000-300,000 American children are likely victims of human trafficking in the United States compared to 17,500 international victims trafficked into the United States each year.
• In the last quarter of 2007, 30% of the calls received by the National Human Trafficking Hotline (888-3737-888) were out of Texas, and 25% of all reported victims, certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, were in Texas.
• Domestic trafficking has flourished in Houston due to the prevalence of runaway and “throwaway” youth, thriving sexually oriented businesses, and major sporting events and conventions that drive the demand for commercial sex.
• There are over 6,000 runaways in Houston. According to National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Throwaway Children, an estimated 1 out of every 3 children who run away is lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.