by Karen Campbell, UBA Guest Editor
Based on information provided by four Texas-based, federally-funded task forces and entered into Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) - a national database dedicated exclusively to tracking human trafficking cases: Since January 1, 2007:
In Houston since 2005, Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a local law enforcement task force has investigated 67 incidents of human trafficking, 37 were confirmed. 31 defendants were charged federally and 8 on the state level. 177 victims, mostly international adults, have been rescued.
Innocence Lost Task Force reports that in Houston and Dallas 109 domestic minors have been rescued in 2010. All were victims of sex trafficking.
The State Department's 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report explains that the number of victims identified reflect only 0.4% of the victims actually in existence.
Sources: Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force 2011 and Houston Rescue & Restore.
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