HOUSTON - Human trafficking is a national and international problem, with Houston near the center of the action. With all the positive attention Houston has received the past two years, its role as a major hub of human trafficking stands out as a major detriment. Recent statistics indicate nearly 20,000 people are brought into the country yearly with the overwhelming majority of them women and girls. Most of them are forced into prostitution and the highest number of them most likely passing into and through Houston.
Because of its proximity to Central America by air or sea and with major highways crossing north, east and west, officials in Harris County estimate that at any given moment, nearly 1,000 women are involved in the human trafficking sex trade. GIRLS court in the 315th Juvenile Court of Harris County is set up to make sure that women and girls caught in the sex trade are treated as victims rather than criminals.
Watch the conversation after the segment is over for even more insight into the heartache and joy, triumphs and failures these women deal with every day while trying to save women from dead end lives.
Watch Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall Sunday at 10 a.m., right after Meet the Press with David Gregory.
- Judge Angela Ellis, 315th Juvenile District Court, 713-222-4950; www.harriscountytx.gov
- Olivia McGill, Ph.D., Dep. Director-Health Services, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department 713-222-4100; www.hcjpd.org
- Chris Daniel, Harris County District Clerk, 713-755-7300; www.hcdistrictclerk.com
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