Does This Really Happen in El Paso?

  • Britton Boyd, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI El Paso’s Criminal Branch, says 664 human trafficking cases were opened last year [2020] that resulted in 473 arrests.
  • Interstate I -10 is one of the main routes for human traffickers. Two cities figure prominently as centers identified with a particularly high level of human trafficking: El Paso and Houston.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice states that El Paso and Houston on the list of “most intense trafficking jurisdictions in the country.”
  • One of every five human trafficking victims found enslaved in Texas.
  • 234,000 victims of labor trafficking in Texas at any given time.
  • 79,000 victims of youth and minor sex trafficking in Texas at any given time.

Sources:

FBI Raises Awareness Of Human Trafficking In El Paso: https://www.ktsm.com/crime/fbi-raises-awareness-of-human-trafficking-in-el-paso/

Human Trafficking in Texas, Texas Advisory Committee, 2011  https://www.usccr.gov/pubs/docs/TX_HT_Report–ver%2050–FINAL.pdf

Human Trafficking by the Numbers, UT Austin, 2016 https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/44597

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