CCHT-Texas attended the 4th Annual Human Trafficking Conference at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas along with college students, government officials, international leaders and many working to combat human trafficking throughout the world. Right now more than 45 million people around the world are enslaved. Lured through desperation, with promises of good jobs, and trapped under the threat of violence, many are forced to work without pay in factories, mines, fields, brick kilns, restaurants, construction, fishing industries, and private homes under deplorable conditions. Economic liberalization has paved the way and spurred an international market for the trade in human beings sustained by high profits and demand for cheap labor and commercial sex.
CCHT-Texas utilized this annual conference to increase its resources regarding worldwide approaches to combat human trafficking and to build new partnerships with those working on the Texas Border Communities. In addition, it was insightful just to be in the border area where so many people are isolated for fear of crossing immigration check points.
CCHT-Texas partnerships and new contacts engaged during the two-day conference include: Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office and especially the Victims Assistance Unit &Rio Grand Valley Anti-Trafficking Task Force, Refugee Services of Texas, Rio Grand Valley Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Texas Rio Grand Legal Aid, Department of Homeland Security Community Relations and Victim Assistance Specialist, (Hidalgo County DA Office), and Tamar’s Tapestry. Plans are currently underway for additional conferences hosted by CCHT-Texas utilizing these partners.
Some pertinent and practical quotes from the conference include:
- Be an instrument of change. F. Garcia Robles
- To lie is an indicator of trafficking. Inmaculada Antolinez Dominguez, Universidad Pablo de Olvide, Spain addressing trafficking of Nigerian Women
- Central America to United States migration routes belong to Organized Crime. Panel discussion on Migration, Borders & Human Trafficking
- Fifty global corporations hire 75 percent of migrant workers. Adidas earned the Stop Slavery Award in 2017 for preventing exploitation in its supply chain. Blanca Esponda, J.D., Lecturer, Activist and Lawyer
- Labor trafficking is three times more prevalent and sex trafficking. Kirsta Melton, founder of Truckers Against Trafficking, Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Unit, Texas Attorney General Office
- Grooming is very active throughout Texas, and looks like a teen sex ring. K. Melton
- It’s about value of persons. K. Melton
Please contact us if you would like to get more information or have presentations related to information received at this Conference.