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The disturbing reality of sex trafficking in Houston and ongoing efforts to combat this modern-day slavery

Jenifer Knighton

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is based solely on my experience and knowledge as a professional. While I strive to provide accurate and helpful information, my responses are not intended to substitute for professional advice or guidance. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified professional in the relevant field for specific concerns or issues. Additionally, the information provided may not be applicable to every individual or situation. Therefore, I will not take responsibility for any actions taken based on the information provided.

Sex trafficking is a heinous crime that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit individuals for commercial sex. Unfortunately, Houston is one of the major hubs for sex trafficking in the United States, with Bissonnet Street being a notorious hotspot for this illegal activity.

Bissonnet St. located in the southwest part of Houston, has gained a reputation for being a hub of prostitution and sex trafficking. The area is known for its cheap motels, strip clubs, and massage parlors, which attract a large number of people looking for sex work. However, this demand for prostitution has led to an increase in sex trafficking, with many victims being forced to work against their will.

One of the reasons why Bissonnet Street is such a popular location for sex trafficking might be because of its close proximity to major highways, making it easy for traffickers to transport victims across the country. Additionally, the area is known for its high poverty rates, which makes it easier for traffickers to prey on vulnerable individuals who are desperate for money.

The truth about sex trafficking in Houston is that it is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach to combat. The problem is not limited to just one area or group of people; it affects individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Although some victims of sex trafficking come from broken homes, have experienced abuse or neglect, and have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, it is important to know that there are also victims who come from stable families; and have no prior history of substance abuse or other risk factors.

To combat sex trafficking, organizations such as Emerging Grace Ministries work diligently to increase awareness about the issue and provide effective resources for victims.

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Although most law enforcement agencies have established a Human Trafficking Unit to investigate cases of trafficking and provide support for victims, a huge gap for victims to receive the appropriate care remains. The sex trafficking epidemic is a disturbing reality that requires immediate attention and action. It is a problem that not only affects the victim, it affects us all, and it is our responsibility to work towards ending trafficking by raising awareness, supporting victims, and targeting demand. Together we can make a difference and put an end to sex trafficking in Houston and beyond.

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. 

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Jenifer Knighton is a Community Activist, Journalist, Counselor, and DWI-Education and Intervention Instructor focused on social justice and change. Her mission is to build stronger communities through Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy and Outreach, Resources, and Support.

Houston, TX

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