Human Trafficking in Texas: More Resources and Resolve Needed to Stem Surge of Modern Day Slavery: A Report of the Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the Letter of Transmittal from the Texas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights "The Texas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submits this report, 'Human Trafficking in Texas-More Resources and Resolve Needed to Stem Surge in Modern Day Slavery', as part of its responsibility to examine and report on civil rights issues under the jurisdiction of the Commission. This report is the unanimous statement by all members of the Texas Committee and is approved by a vote of 13 yes and 0 no. Human trafficking is the cruel and vicious practice of transporting human beings for the purpose of labor or sex exploitation. At its core it is a violation of the fundamental civil rights of its victims. Women are the overwhelming victims of human trafficking, and victims generally come from impoverished circumstances with the majority being from indigenous populations or ethnic minorities. The trafficking of humans is a growing problem in this country, and Texas-as one of the largest border states in the United States-is considered a major destination and transit state for human trafficking. Human trafficking is a high-profit and relatively low-risk business with ample supply and growing demand. Every year, it is estimated that one million to two million persons world-wide are victims of human trafficking. In 2010, for the first time, the United States was ranked in the State Department's annual 'Trafficking in Persons Report' that documents human trafficking and modem slavery. The report found that in America, men, women, and children were subject to trafficking for 'forced labor, debt bondage, and forced prostitution.' Tragically, despite the shocking statistics and the inherent brutality of human trafficking, it is a crime that still has not captured the attention of the public nor made it to the top of political agendas. Few cases ever make it to the courts, and in a cruel irony it is often the victim rather than the perpetrator who is prosecuted for an illegal activity. There continues to be limited resources for law enforcement, and few resources devoted to rehabilitating its victims."

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