No. 2 crine in the U.S. demands attention

by | Jan 14, 2021 | Latest

Since 2010, January has been recognized as National Slavery and Human Traffick­ing Month.

Each year, strides are be­ing made to bring awareness to this modern-day form of slavery where youth and adult victims are controlled through force, fraud or co­ercion to exploit them for forced labor, sexual exploita­tion or both. Domestic minor sex trafficking occurs when children, under the age of 18, are commercially sexu­ally exploited through pros­titution, pornography and/or erotic entertainment.

Now considered a growing threat to the safety of children and teens, youth are being trafficked across the country and the DFW Metroplex. A University of Texas study estimates that as many as 79,000 Texas children are victims of human trafficking.

“There are hundres of missing kids out there at any given time in North Texas,” says Dennis Ozment, private investigator and founder of 4theONE, a non-profit dedicated to finding and recovering missing, exploited and trafficked teens.

For the full story, see our Jan. 14 issue or subscribe online.

By Sonia Duggan[email protected]

 

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