Combating Male Sex Trafficking
The sex-trafficking industry has stayed expertly hidden across the country, and for far too long we have only seen the effects of it: trafficked children in our counseling center who connect with our animals because they are too scared or ashamed to tell another person, or adults who have fallen into self-destruction because of what happened to them as children.
We are tired of seeing the effects of an industry that gives no thought or care for the young lives that are stolen and the critical damage that it creates. Instead of cartoons, birthday gifts, hobbies, and hugs from parents, these children and young adults are subjected to shame, humiliation, denigration, and violence. We can’t erase traumatic memories, but we can bring what is hiding into the light, and we can build more opportunities for people to receive the help and care that they deserve.
The Facts on Sex Trafficking
- There are approximately 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas.
- There are approximately 234,000 workers who are victims of labor trafficking in Texas.
- There are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.
- Traffickers are highly attracted to Texas for several reasons: it has long corridors of un-tolled highways that run north/south and east/west, a border with Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, large international airports, and a diversity of industries. The I-10 corridor that runs through Houston is considered one of the main trafficking routes in the United States. Both commercial sex trafficking and forced labor are more prevalent in Texas and the wider United States than you may realize.
Bob's House of Hope
With years of experience helping sex trafficking victims, a disturbing lack of support and aid for male sex trafficking victims gave RHR the idea for Bob’s House of Hope: A long-term shelter for boys and men who are recovering from life in sex trafficking.
Half of sex trafficking victims are male, but to add to boys’ near invisible victimhood, “only four out of 25 shelters for commercially sexually exploited children serve boys, leaving them no choice but to return to their homes or to the streets where they face potential re-exploitation,” according to JJIE.org.