Slavery didn't end.
It just went underground.
Houston is a Hub
Situated near an international border, acting as a major international travel hub, and supporting an incredibly diverse labor force—Houston has become one of the most intense regions for human trafficking. But we’re also one of the most strategic and collaborative communities fighting against it!
It’s estimated that human trafficking generates $150 billion every year in illegal profits.
From escort services, pornography and illicit massage businesses to brothels and outdoor solicitation; sex trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to induce another individual to perform commercial sex.
Environments with lower-skilled labor like agriculture, domestic work, restaurants and cleaning services are vulnerable to labor trafficking in which individuals are induced to work through force, fraud, or coercion.
According to the International Labour Organization, over 40 million people are trapped in slavery on any given day.
in forced labor
in sex trafficking
in forced marriage
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