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79,000 SEX TRAFFICKED IN TEXAS

There are almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas today, according to new two-year study by the University of Texas.

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79,000 SEX TRAFFICKED IN TEXAS

Child sex trafficking is a hidden crime perpetrated upon children who don't often self-identify as victims for many complex reasons. It is difficult to quantify the size of this problem and much more work is needed to identify and help all the victims.

However, the best, most current research according to a groundbreaking two-year study (PDF) by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, there are almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas today. All told, Texas has more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking, including nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking.

Additionally, an "estimated $6.5 billion is spent on the lifetime costs of providing care to victims and survivors of minor and youth sex trafficking in Texas, including costs related to law enforcement, prosecution and social services" according to IDVSA's announcement

Infographic and data published with permission from the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.