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Texas Penal Code 20A.02: Trafficking of Persons

Since 2011, Texas divides Trafficking into 4 categories

  • Adult Labor

  • Adult Sex

  • Child Labor

  • Child Sex 

To prove trafficking of an adult, whether for sex or labor, you must have either force, fraud, or coercion.

To prove labor trafficking of a child, you must have either force, fraud, or coercion.

A person is committing the crime of trafficking if that person knowingly traffics a child AND BY ANY MEANS causes that child to engage in or become the victim of... PENAL CODE 20A.02(7)

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.

Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels,  escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.

Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings including, domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories

The state of Texas is 2nd, behind California, for the most reported cases of sex trafficking in our nation.  Just this year 307 cases of sex trafficking has been reported and 1,024 calls have been made to the hotline.  The average age for a child to be trafficked is between 12-14.  

One third of runaways will be approached by a pimp within 48 hours of being on the street.  Sex trafficking effects all races, religions and social economic backgrounds. Sex trafficking does not stereotype, it endangers each one of us.




 Denton County Human Trafficking Coalition 










Department of Homeland Security


US Department of Health & Human Services 


What We Learned On A Tour Of Sex Trafficking Sites In Dallas    


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