Human trafficking is a major problem in Texas, which is why Linda Geffin, chief of the Harris County Attorney's Special Prosecution Unit, will be giving people the 411 onThe Today Show
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"Houston serves as a destination for victims of trafficking forced into commercial sex, as well [as] a training ground where women and girls are shipped to other destinations throughout the U.S.," Geffin told Hair Balls in an e-mail. She added that 30 percent of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline come from Texas -- "and a majority of them came from Houston." Moreover, according to Geffin, human trafficking is a $28 billion industry. (Geffin also spoke about human trafficking for a 2010 Texas Monthly piece).
The Special Prosecution Unit, which sounds like it oughta be part of the Law & Order franchise, deals with gambling, dogfighting, prostitution and, in what's probably a bummer for a certain portion of the population, prosecutes sexually oriented business violations.
We've seen Geffin in action in the courtroom, so we look forward to seeing her address a nationwide audience. Trafficking is a serious problem, and we're glad a local prosecutor is getting a chance to explain just how bad things are, and, more importantly, what law enforcement in Texas is doing about it.