human trafficking

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the launch of the Texas Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Unit.  Paxton says the unit will not only focus on sex crimes, but also incidents and businesses using what he labeled as “slave labor.”


“It includes young men and women who come to our country and being forced to work imaginary and endlessly revolving debts against their captors," Paxton said.


The report that ISIS is forcing girls as young as 12 to become sex slaves is part of a larger issue. In the world today, an estimated 2 million underage girls work in the sex trade.

Police in Malaysia say they have uncovered more evidence of human smuggling, with the discovery of at least 139 graves along the country's border with Thailand.

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AUSTIN — Abortion is again seizing the spotlight at the Texas Capitol — but largely only in small doses that haven’t drawn the kind of heated debate and high emotion that dominated last session.

The House heard minimal discussion Wednesday before voting to mandate that abortion clinic personnel undergo training to prevent human and sex trafficking. The idea is that workers will better be able to spot it if any of their patients became pregnant after being forced into the sex trade.

Polaris Project

Human trafficking ensnares 20 million people and is a $150 billion criminal enterprise, and the United States isn't immune. 

Last year there were more than 5,000 reported cases of sex or labor trafficking in the country and here in Texas in 2014 there were 452. But those numbers pale in comparison to the estimates. The Polaris Project says 100,000 children are trafficked for sex in a year, which is just one segment of one area of trafficking.