Spotlight on Human Trafficking Human trafficking is a global problem but it is also a Texas problem. Because of Texas’ proximity to the border and the number of interstate highways, Texas has been called a hub for human trafficking. In recent months, the media has reported the existence of sweat shops, brothels, and domestic servitude in Texas’ major cities. For many of us, it is hard to fathom that one human being would sell another human being. It is hard to fathom that a victim would not escape or report their plight to authorities. Unfortunately, vulnerable individuals who may not speak English, who do not believe they have rights, or who are desperate to survive often become victim to human traffickers, who make a profit at their victim’s expense. Texas Young Lawyers Association President C.E. Rhodes became aware of this issue at the same time that Texas was strengthening its laws against human trafficking. Rhodes has made raising awareness of the reality of human trafficking a priority. This issue of the Texas Bar Journal is the launch of the TYLA project, which will continue throughout the year as other legal associations also work to educate and eradicate human trafficking. For more information about the TYLA program, contact the TYLA office at (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1529 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors and staff would like to hear from you. If you have comments about this issue of the Journal or ideas for future issues, contact Ty Meighan at (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1522 or email@example.com.
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