DALLAS – Human trafficking is not just something happening in movies, or overseas. It’s happening in the state of Texas; which is second highest in the country for this crime.
An investigation, led by the Texas Department of Public Safety, resulted in 10 arrests and the rescue of 13 victims.
“These individuals victimized several young ladies by recruiting, forcing, and coercing them into prostitution in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area,” said David Marwell, Homeland Security’s Special Agent-in-Charge.
Why is Texas a hub for human trafficking?
“It’s highly profitable, it’s relatively low risk, it has been embraced by gangs operating throughout Texas,” said Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
In an effort to help people open their eyes, the FBI has started displaying billboards all over Texas to raise awareness.
Hopefully, this will put a stop to this modern day slavery.