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A woman who says she was first sex-trafficked at the age of 4 has filed a lawsuit against three north Texas hotel chains. Her suit claims the businesses were complicit by "enjoying the profit from rooms rented for explicit purposes."

Sex trafficking is a 100 billion dollar enterprise and it’s is growing. Over a five-year period, cases of sex trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in Texas have more than doubled.

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Sex trafficking is the business of forcing victims to provide sex for profit — a form of modern-day slavery that is vicious, pervasive and which has proved extremely challenging to eradicate.

  

Laurie Cook Heffron, a licensed social worker and professor of Social Work at St. Edward’s University in Austin, is co-author of the study “Latina Immigrant Women and Children’s Well-Being and Access to Services after Detention” with licensed psychologist, Gabriela Hurtado and Josie Serrata of Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Health Families and Communities.

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Sex traffickers are drawn to vulnerable kids. Young victims are often homeless or runaways, have previously been abused or neglected, or who have at some point been flagged by social service providers. 


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Human trafficking is more common than some may think, and experts say it can take place in an average neighborhood with people who may operate undetected. In Texas, it’s especially common: The state has the second-highest number of cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Now, experts warn, it’s on the rise nationwide, which means even more survivors could be looking for help.

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There are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 80,000 minors and youth victims, according to a study by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas.

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Sex traffickers use the internet and social media for marketing and recruiting of victims. This is the first of a three-part series on sex trafficking.


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Sex trafficking is the business of forcing victims to provide sex for profit. The traffickers are as skilled at evading the law as they are at finding new victims. Many might think this nightmare reality will never be part of their lives but the world of sex trafficking is not that far away.

This is the second of a three-part series.

There are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas including, almost 80,000 minors and youth victims, according to a study by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas.

Human sex trafficking is a multibillion dollar business that has made use of the open internet for marketing and recruiting of victims. This is a look at how sex is sold online, efforts to shut down those online sites, and how the traffickers adapt.