In recognition of World Human Trafficking Awareness month, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Office of Global Health is presenting the investigative documentary “Sex Slaves: Texas” as part of its Health Perspective Film Series on January 22 in MEB- Room 1110. Lunch will provided for the first 50. Others are welcome to bring their own lunch.
Quick Facts Regarding Human Trafficking:
- According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70% are female, half are children. Over 70% of trafficking victims are believed to be trafficked into the sex industry (http://www.state.gov).
- Between, 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S every year.
- The Family Violence Prevention Fund reported in that 28% of trafficking victims received some sort of medical care while in their trafficker’s control (U.S. HHS 2012).
- Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90 (http://www.state.gov).
- In the U.S. the estimated age of entry into child prostitution is 12 years old, while girls as young as 9 years old have been known to be recruited for prostitution. Child victims frequently do not report sexual trafficking crimes committed against them (http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a0908/chapter4.htm).
- Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries (http://www.state.gov).