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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Kevin Bales of Free the Slaves defines it as “a relationship in which one person is controlled by violence through violence, the threat of violence, or psychological coercion, has lost free will and free movement, is exploited economically, and paid nothing beyond subsistence.”

Human trafficking is a media buzz word that often conjures images of brothels in Thailand or confusion with the ongoing immigration debate.  This innovative digital training tool cuts through the confusion, arms the viewer with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not, and helps them recognize that this is a Texas problem with Texas buyers, sellers, and victims.  It refocuses our attention on adults and children who are regularly exploited but are unlikely to self-identify as victims or seek help.  This video walks the audience through actual cases prosecuted in the state of Texas, identifies the tools of traffickers and how they are typically utilized to obtain and maintain victims, and equips viewers with red flags and a reporting protocol.  Most of all, it challenges Texans to change the culture in which we live from one that identifies with and honors perpetrators to one that provides safety, security, and genuine reintegration for the survivors of trafficking.

How You Can Get the Training Video

In addition to downloading the video from Vimeo, the training is also available upon request on USB and DVD.

  • USBs
    • If you are a state agency representative, you may request a USB of the training video for your agency.
    • To request a USB for your agency, please email with your agency name and mailing address.
  • DVDs
    • If you would like a DVD copy of the training video, you may request a copy at with your name and mailing address.
    • Both English and Spanish closed captioning included.