CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The month of January is Human Trafficking Awareness month which is a time to shed light on what is a growing problem worldwide.
In Corpus Christi Friday night an event called "Boots and Bling" aimed at calling attention to human trafficking here in Texas. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as the featured speaker at the event.
"Signs to look for so community knows it's actually happening," said Develop Director Cassandra Strom, New Life Refuge Ministries.
In school, businesses, and churches partnering with different organizations to fight against the modern-day slavery; including, the Attorney General's office which started their unit two years ago.
"Without the information and without being able to recognize it a lot of people don't know that it's actually happening here," Strom said.
"We've hired three attorneys some investigators we've been pursuing, Paxton said. " Gone after human traffickers we had a huge arrest in Dallas, we think is largest for human trafficking we arrested CEO. We've seen sentences of traffickers from 30 to 40 years in Nueces County."
And to bring refugees to survivors of child sex trafficking across the county.
"As a result, the trauma that these girls and boys go through they need specialized services," Paxton said.
New Life Refuge Ministries have built the first of seven planned Homes of Hope at a remote location outside of the city.
"Place of hope and restoration for children who have been victims of child sex trafficking," Paxton said. "Place where they can find a new life."
The organization wants to continue their mission to inform the public just how serious the problem of human trafficking is primarily in the Coastal Bend. The FBI said less than one percent are identified
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