Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar enterprise in the United states, and Texas is a main transportation area. A 2007 study showed that one in five trafficked persons came through Texas.
Awareness is key to action, and despite new awareness efforts, many still don't know what trafficking looks like, what the indicators are, and how women find themselves in these situations.
In The First Segment: Law Enforcement
Guests: Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Monica Mapel, Immigration and Customs Enforcment and Detective Rene Ochoa, Bexar County Sheriff's Department
There has been an increase in the number of arrests made related to trafficking, but are they making a dent? We talk to front line responders on what is going on in San Antonio and Bexar County.
In the Second Segment: Services for Minors who have been Domestically trafficked for Sex
Guests: Meriam Elizondo Rape Crisis Center; Ann Thomas: Clinical Director of Institutions, Bexar County Juvenile Probation
When a girl is discovered, what happens to them? Many young offenders end up in detention facilities, and more than occasionally think of themselves as willing participants. What is the process for getting these girls back on track, and what does success look like in that process?
- The Rape Crisis Center is online at: www.rapecrisis.com
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement Anti Trafficking Line: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE