Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery happening across the globe and in America

There are four major types of trafficking defined in the Strategic plan: Charting an End to Human Trafficking in Texas referenced under “Solution” below. They are:

Adult Sex Trafficking, Adult Labor Trafficking, Child Sex Trafficking, and Child Labor Trafficking

Benchmark study in Texas:

https://sites.utexas.edu/idvsa/files/2019/03/Human-Trafficking-by-the-Numbers-2016.pdf

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/human-trafficking

Solution: Texas Strategic Plan

The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council identified five pillars in Phase I of its Strategic plan: Charting an End to Human Trafficking in Texas.

PARTNER………… PROTECT………… PREVENT………… PROSECUTE………… PROVIDE SUPPORT……….

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/files/divisions/human-trafficking/TXHTPCC-StrategicPlan2020.pdf

Southern Grit Advocacy is focusing on two of those pillars: PREVENT and PROVIDE SUPPORT

Definitions

22 USC Ch. 78: TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION – See #11 below

“(3) Coercion

The term “coercion” means—

(A) threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person;

(B) any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or

(C) the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.

(4) Commercial sex act

The term “commercial sex act” means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.

(7) Debt bondage

The term “debt bondage” means the status or condition of a debtor arising from a pledge by the debtor of his or her personal services or of those of a person under his or her control as a security for debt, if the value of those services as reasonably assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt or the length and nature of those services are not respectively limited and defined.

(8) Involuntary servitude

The term “involuntary servitude” includes a condition of servitude induced by means of—

(A) any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that, if the person did not enter into or continue in such condition, that person or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint; or

(B) the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.

(11) Severe forms of trafficking in persons

(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or

(B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

(12) Sex trafficking””

The term “sex trafficking” means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.”