It's considered modern day slavery. We're talking about human trafficking and South Texas is not immune.
That is why the Solid Rock Church has brought together community leaders to come up with a solution to combat the major problem.
State Rep Todd Hunter said, "making sure that people realize this is real. This is not just happening in big cities. It is happening here locally."
Houston is the nation's hub for human trafficking victims and that means the coastal bend is a pass through for this type of illegal activity.
Today was the kick off for the 4th annual Coastal Bend Human Trafficking Awareness Week.
A big push comes from the organization, Blue Nation. The group's hope is that we can come together as a community and bring awareness.
They encourage people to report it when they see it going on.