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The Source: The Scope Of Human Trafficking In Bexar County

John Eng Cheng

Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar enterprise in the United states, and Texas is a main transportation area. A 2007 study showed that one in five trafficked persons came through Texas.

Awareness is key to action, and despite new awareness efforts, many still don't know what trafficking looks like, what the indicators are, and how women find themselves in these situations. 

In The First Segment: Law Enforcement

Guests: Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Monica Mapel, Immigration and Customs Enforcment and Detective Rene Ochoa, Bexar County Sheriff's Department 

There has been an increase in the number of arrests made related to trafficking, but are they making a dent?  We talk to front line responders on what is going on in San Antonio and Bexar County.

In the Second Segment: Services for Minors who have been Domestically trafficked for Sex

Representatives of Bexar County Juvenile Probation and the Rape Crisis Center talk Resources

Guests: MeriamElizondoRape Crisis Center; Ann Thomas: Clinical Director of Institutions, Bexar County Juvenile Probation

When a girl is discovered, what happens to them?  Many young offenders end up in detention facilities, and more than occasionally think of themselves as willing participants.  What is the process for getting these girls back on track, and what does success look like in that process?

  • The Rape Crisis Center is online at: www.rapecrisis.com
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Anti Trafficking Line: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive