Top State leaders have remained silent on whether they’ll provide more resources for sex-trafficking victims or more funding for the child welfare system.
Texas only has one specialized treatment center that can care for up to 20 of the state’s estimated 80,000 child sex trafficking victims at any given time.
The first time Yvette ran away from her home in San Antonio, she was 15. An older relative in the house had been molesting her since she was a child.
In the last year and a half, Texas lost more than 300 beds in facilities meant for the most troubled foster kids and is scrambling to replace them.
When the long-term foster care system fails them, many children turn to the underground sex industry, where pimps promise them security and affection.
Three convicted traffickers describe the power they wield over victims and the attractions of what they call “the lifestyle.”
Society pays a heavy price for traffic: Recent research has linked traffic to negative mental health outcomes, including stress and aggression.
Investigators said Wednesday that someone intentionally set the fire that destroyed a mosque two weeks ago in Victoria, the South Texas town that has since rallied around its Muslim community.
Famous for its highly publicized football game and halftime show, the Super Bowl is also considered the largest human trafficking event of the year.
The Point in Time (PIT) Count seeks to determine the number of homeless people on the nation’s streets and in shelters on a single night.