Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting or obtaining of a person for labor or services that are involuntary servitude, slavery or forced commercial sexual acts.
The U.S. State Department estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 are trafficked into the U.S. from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe, and many more are trafficked domestically within the United States each year. Additionally, about one in five people trafficked have been in Texas. Houston and El Paso are included among the U.S. Department of Justice’s most intense trafficking jurisdictions in the country.
The Office of the Attorney General’s studied human trafficking as requested by the Texas Legislature and produced a 57-page report, The Texas Response to Human Trafficking. The report offers 21 recommendations that are intended to reduce human trafficking and improve services to victims, including possible statutory changes and improved outreach efforts that would better educate law enforcement personnel about identifying human trafficking.