Human trafficking is defined as recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for a commercial sex act that is induced by force, fraud or coercion. If the person is under 18 years of age, no force, fraud, or coercion is necessary for the act to be considered human trafficking.
Refuge City’s main focus within this complex issue is domestic minor sex trafficking. In short, our work focuses on American children who are being sold for sex.
Human trafficking on an international level is a highly publicized issue. However, human trafficking happens every day in America. Experts estimate that every year hundreds of thousands of American children are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry. The sheer numbers of children being exploited makes sex trafficking a multi-billion dollar industry with no signs of slowing down in America.
Here are a few quick facts about sex trafficking in the United States:
- The average entry age into the commercial sex industry is between 12-14 years old.
- The average life span of a person in the sex trade is 7 years.
- Texas is in the top ten states involved in sex trafficking.
- There are anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 sex trafficking victims at any given moment.
- There are an estimated 600 beds designated for sex trafficking victims in safehouses nation-wide.
- In Texas, there is are only two safehouses for sex trafficking victims.
These facts present a horrific reality for the victims. Many of the children who are found and rescued immediately go back to the streets for lack of help, healing, and rehabilitation.
We have partnered with organizations across Dallas to raise awareness about this grave issue that lurks in our city.
We present throughout the metroplex at churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, youth groups, and more on how to spot when the child or the child’s friend is about to be trafficked.