Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
El Paso, TEXAS —
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery involving the exploitation of both children and adults.
It is a growing problem, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, who says almost 20% of all trafficking victims in the U.S. will make their way through Texas, usually along the I-10 corridor.
There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking around the world, according to the U.S. State Department.
According to the Center for Public Policy Studies:
- After drug trafficking, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today – and is considered the fastest growing – generating $32 billion a year.
- 600,000 - 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, 80% of which are women and girls.
- Types of sex trafficking in the US include: Bar/Club operations (cantina bars, Stripping or exotic dancing clubs, salons, massage parlors, hostess clubs and karaoke clubs, domestic strip clubs and gentleman clubs); Residential brothel settings (homes, apartments, hotels, mobile trailers); Escort services (bar/hotel based, internet-based, private, boat cruises, chat lines); Pimp-controlled prostitution (hotel-based, internet-based, private parties, street-based, truck stops).