What is Human Trafficking

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. (Note: Force, fraud and coercion do not have to be proven with minors under the age of 18!)

  • Traffickers recognize and exploit their victim’s vulnerabilities.
  • Human trafficking affects both adults and children, men and women, and people from all parts of Texas, the United States, and around the world.
  • There are four major types of trafficking: Adult Sex Trafficking,
  • Adult Labor Trafficking, Child Sex Trafficking & Child Labor Trafficking

Some of the red flags include:

  • Third-party control of schedule and social interaction
  • Unexplained injuries and evidence of violence
  • Works excessively long or unusual hours with very little pay
  • Living where the individual works
  • Malnutrition, dehydration, exhaustion
  • Not speaking for themselves
  • Sexually provocative clothing
  • Refillable gift cards
  • High-end clothing or items recently purchased

Some red flags for minors include:

  • Changes in school attendance, habits, friend groups, vocabulary, demeanor, and attitude
  • Sudden appearance of luxury items — e.g., manicures, designer clothes, purses
  • Multiple phones or social media accounts
  • Isolation from family, friends, and community

Does human trafficking happen here?

Services provided for victims of Human Trafficking:

  • 24/7 Crisis Hotline
  • CSEY Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Counseling

To report suspected instances of human trafficking, please contact…

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
  • If a minor is involved: Texas DFPS
  • Local law enforcement
  • 911 in immediate danger

Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition


  • Regional Victim Crisis Center serves as the lead agency for the Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition. The coalition aims to increase community awareness, collaboration, and trauma-informed interventions to combat human trafficking in the Big Country area. For additional information, please see the coalition’s website at www.bchumantraffickingcoalition.org