ATX Togther: The Engage Series - Impacts of Human Trafficking in Our Region
Posted on May 3, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
According to the World Population Review, Texas is ranked #10 for states with the highest rates of human trafficking. Data from the City of Austin Human Trafficking and Vice Unit reveals that there are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, and approximately 79,000 minors and youths who are victims of sex trafficking.
Researchers say traffickers exploit about $600 million a year from 234,000 victims of labor trafficking in the most at-risk industries including migrant farm work, construction, restaurant kitchen work and landscaping services.
The panel will discuss human trafficking in Central Texas, their lived experiencs and stories, address the myths and stereotypes, and explore what accountability looks like for our community.
Becky Austen, Lighthouse Director
Allies Against Slavery
Brooke Grona-Robb, Assistant Attorney General
Human Trafficking & Transnational/Organized Crime Division
Office of the Attorney General of Texas
Sophia A. Strother, Author & Lived Experience Expert, CEO