November 14, 2012 4:02 pm
Trafficking Talks Hope To Make A Change To Growing Numbers
Last night Rice University held a talk on human trafficking. It's a topic Rice has selected to focus on for their inaugural 2012 — 2013 Seminar. Houston is considered a trafficking hub and one organization who spoke last night is trying to turn that around.
November 9, 2012 5:54 pm
Feds Reach Out To Houston's Human Trafficking Victims
Houston is one of 30 cities federal immigration officials are visiting to reach victims of human trafficking, violent crimes and domestic violence.
November 2, 2012 10:36 am
Small Things Go A Long Way For Victims Of Human Trafficking
A Florida-based nonprofit that raises awareness about human trafficking comes to Houston with a unique donation to the Harris County Sheriff's Department.
October 23, 2012 3:52 pm
Using Houston Model To Combat Human Trafficking
According to the State Department's ambassador on human trafficking, Houston is leading the nation in initiatives to combat the problem. The Ambassador is in Houston to spread the word, but also to discuss what more needs to be done.
October 12, 2012 1:17 pm
3rd Annual Summit On Human Trafficking, Are We Winning The Fight?
Local organization "Children at Risk" held its third annual summit on human trafficking in Dallas today. This year has been busy for raising awareness of trafficking in Houston and Texas. But when will that work be enough?
October 9, 2012 5:11 pm
Harris County Joins City In Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses
Harris County Commissioners have approved changes to regulations for sexually oriented businesses that operate in unincorporated areas of the county. It's an attempt to add more teeth to laws that are often easy to get around.
September 25, 2012 5:06 pm
Experts & Lawmakers Hold Hearings To Expand Services To Trafficking Victims
Texas lawmakers studying human trafficking came to Houston to collect more testimony on the issue. The meetings will be used to find ways to improve public services for human trafficking victims.
September 3, 2012 12:11 pm
Coffee With A Side of Mission: Nonprofit Aims To End Human Trafficking
The numbers that make Houston one of the major hubs for human trafficking continue to grow, as do the number of local organizations fighting against it. The latest nonprofit to join this battle has decided to spread the word in an unusual way, through the use of coffee.
August 29, 2012 6:30 pm
Houston Taking Action Against Human Trafficking
Houston is a major hub for human trafficking in the United States. That's why Houston Mayor Annise Parker has put together an advisory committee to come up with recommendations on how to deal with the problem.
August 6, 2012 5:00 am
Trafficking Victims Get Fresh Start In Freedom Place
It's no secret that Houston is one of the country's largest hubs for human trafficking. Until recently trafficked kids caught prostituting were sent to a detention center. Once released, they often go back to that lifestyle. Now there's another option and it's called Freedom Place.
June 11, 2012 10:04 pm
Taking Human Traffickers To Court
The Harris County Attorney's office and a local nonprofit are teaming up against local human trafficking operations. According to the Justice Department, 1 out of every 4 victims is brought through Harris County before being sent to other parts of the country. The County says shutting down the operations isn't easy, so they're hoping to use another tool — lawsuits.
February 29, 2012 9:53 pm
Safe House Hopes To Reduce Trafficking Problem In Houston
Houston is one of the country's largest hubs for human trafficking, with the average victim just 12 years old. While a 2010 state law prevents children under 14 from being charged with prostitution, a legal gap remains for kids between 14 and 17. This gap means that after being picked up by police, many teens are left with nowhere to go next. A new safe house in Houston is hoping to be that next step.
August 15, 2011 6:38 am
Harris County Gets Legal Assistance On Human Trafficking
Ten Houston lawyers have volunteered to take cases that will help the county put human traffickers behind bars and shut down the businesses they operate.
May 25, 2011 8:51 pm
Local Organization Applauds New Law Against Human Trafficking
Houston organizations that help victims of human trafficking are celebrating new state legislation signed into law today that includes tougher penalties for convicted traffickers. Laurie Johnson reports.
March 3, 2011 8:53 pm
A Call for Tougher Child Sex Trafficking Laws
Texas laws get a "C" for how they protect children from sex trafficking. A national organization is rating the sex trafficking laws of all 50 states and has just released the review of Texas. Rod Rice reports.
October 4, 2010 10:00 am
Human Trafficking: Houston's Hidden Problem
Houstonians drive by literally dozens of strip centers every week without realizing some of the establishments in those retail malls are fronts for trafficking. And the criminals aren't just peddling drugs or guns — they're selling people. Laurie Johnson reports.