The study was conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin’s School Of Social Work.
By Tony Cantu | 24 January 2017
DOWNTOWN AUSTIN PATCH — There are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including nearly 80,000 of them children, according to a newly released study by University of Texas at Austin researchers.
The study was conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the university’s School of Social Work. Among its findings: Of the more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, almost 79,000 are minors and youth victims of sex trafficking and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking.
Human trafficking occurs when one person is controlled through violence, deception or coercion in situations of commercial sex, forced labor, or domestic servitude. Although human trafficking is known to be prevalent in large states with big urban centers such as Texas, the scope of the crime has been difficult to measure, researchers explained. Existing data sets focusing in near-exclusivity to identified victims have shed light on only a fraction of the problem, officials added.
In addressing the gap in data, researchers in 2014 launched the Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas with the goal of quantifying the prevalence and economic impact of human trafficking across the state. This statewide research was a collaboration among IDVSA, the Bureau of Business Research at the IC2 Institute at UT Austin, and Allies Against Slavery, with funding support from the Criminal Justice Division at the Texas Office of the Governor, researchers noted. […]