WACO, Texas, March 2018 -
Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General passionately shares her fight against human trafficking at Baylor law event on Friday, March 23, 2018
On Friday, March 23rd, Baylor Law and LEAD Counsel welcomed Kirsta Melton, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, who shared information on human trafficking in Texas and across the globe, and how to recognize the potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking.
Human trafficking occurs when prostitution, labor, or domestic servitude is induced using “force, fraud, or coercion,” according to Melton. The numbers are appalling. According to Melton, there are currently more than 300,000 minors and adults across Texas who have been subjected to some form of human trafficking. Even worse, approximately 79,000 of those trafficked are minors and youth victims of sex trafficking.
Ms. Melton reminded participants that “these lives, messy though they may be, are worth it.” And added, “they’re worth your time, whether you encounter them in your legal profession or whether you encounter them as a community member. They’re worth your time and they’re worth you knowing about them.”
These lives, messy though they may be, are worth it. (Kirsta Melton,Deputy Criminal Chief of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, describing why she fights to end human trafficking).
After defining human trafficking and sharing data on the subject, Ms. Melton delved into the myths surrounding human trafficking, the risk factors for children and youth, the tools of traffickers – including online sites from social media giants to websites like Backpage.com – and the risk factors for adults.
Participants received a handout on ‘Human Trafficking Red Flags’ and were asked to promote “Be the One, in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” video from the office of the Attorney General of Texas. We’re embedding that video, here:
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