The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) latest public service project, “Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking,” educates the public about the horrific crime of human trafficking, its effects on our local communities, and what people can do about it. The projects features moving interviews with survivors and human trafficking experts, including lawyers who are prosecuting such cases.
In Texas, 80 percent of human trafficking cases involve sexual exploitation of children. In 2003, Texas became one of the first states to pass human trafficking legislation criminalizing such conduct. Created by the Texas Legislature, the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force reported in 2011 that runaway minors and homeless youth face the greatest risk of falling victim to human traffickers. The National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children estimates that one out of every three children is approached by a trafficker within 48 hours of running away from home.
Learn more at the Your Houston News article: Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Releases.