THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton
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Types of Human Trafficking

Adults as well as children can become victims of trafficking. Traffickers enslave both males and females. People can be trafficked in their own country or they can be trafficked internationally as well.

The Major Types of Trafficking

Under Texas law we divide trafficking into four types:

  1. Trafficking of adults for forced labor, for instance in agriculture, food service, factory work or sales;
  2. Trafficking of adults for sex, in strip clubs, brothels, massage parlors, street or internet prostitution;
  3. Trafficking of children under the age of 18 for forced labor; and
  4. Trafficking of children under the age of 18 for sex. An individual can be trafficked into any industry or type of work. Legally, someone is trafficked if force, fraud or coercion is applied to make the trafficked person work or if a child under the age of 18 is trafficked for sex by any means, regardless of whether the trafficker has to use force, fraud or coercion.