Editor’s note: Francesca L. Garrett is a long-time victim’s advocate and Executive Director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio.
By Francesca Garrett, Special for CNN
The girl on the news is wearing pink flip flops.
A new initiative from the Paso Del Norte organization is hoping to fight human trafficking on three fronts -- awareness, education and service.
Paso Del Norte officials are scheduled to announce today the start of the Center of Hope initiative aimed at raising awareness and educating the public of the critical issue affecting the area, while increasing services to victims of human trafficking.
Houston has the great privilege of hosting the Super Bowl in 2017, but with that comes the great responsibility of combatting the inevitable spike in sex trafficking.
Just as during the Offshore Technology Conference in May, whenever large numbers of people gather, there is an increase in the sex trade.
SAN ANTONIO -- A human trafficking dragnet snared 46 in South Texas.
A statewide nonprofit is developing two databases it says will help police and social services agencies across Texas better assist victims forced into the commercial sex trade.
Children at Risk, a youth advocacy and research group based in Houston, plans to release the first online database by early next year, with information on more than 100 providers and shelters that offer medical, housing and counseling services to sex trafficking survivors.
Indianapolis was the last city to host the Super Bowl. In just a matter of weeks, New Orleans will have that same honor.
Security experts say when the big game comes to town so will criminals connected to illegal activities like prostitution and human trafficking.
Economic activity is expected to spike during this weekend's Formula 1 race, but so is crime.
Some officials and local non-profits are most concerned with human trafficking—particularly those coerced into prostitution.
"When you have a lot of men, and a lot of men from all over the world come, it is an opportune time for them to seek sexual activity," Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte said.
Women who are trafficked into the U.S. are often kept secluded and isolated to avoid suspicion. (Nadia Garcia/Borderzine.com)
EL PASO – The car headlights flashed past the windows of a farmer’s house out on a rural road in far west Texas on a sweltering, summer night bringing him outside to find out what the unusual midnight activity is all about.