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An old adage goes that everything is bigger in Texas. While this often refers to state pride, the size of a steak, and hair, many do not realize that this also includes the rate of human trafficking. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is “the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud, or deception, with the aim of exploiting them.” Three main factors conduce to trafficking in Texas which includes proximity, demographics, and a large migrant work force. With as many as one in four victims passing through Texas, this inexorable issue is closer to home than imagined. While there may not be one defined solution to end human trafficking, community efforts are required in order to raise awareness and support trafficking prevention, prosecution, and victim protection. There are several key factors contributing to human trafficking in Texas. Texas is crossed by the I-10 interstate corridor, which was identified by the U.S. Department of Justice as the number one route for trafficking in the United States. In addition to this, Tex...

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