Saturday, October 23, 2010

25% of human trafficking victims enter through Texas

At a recent University of Texas in San Antonio summit against human trafficking, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte reported that an estimated 25% of all human trafficking victims in the United States enter through Texas.

The United States Department of Justice estimates that 14,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year.  85% of the victims trafficked are women and children.

If both of these reports are accurate, then approximately 3,500 people are trafficked through Texas each year.  2,975 of these victims are women and children.

Senator Van de Putte is working to raise awareness of human trafficking and to increase the penalties for those convicted of human trafficking.


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