Detective: Freestone County area could be target for sex-trafficking

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MeLennan County detective Joe Scaramucci presents a program July 12 about human-trafficking.

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The topic of human trafficking throughout Texas and the Freestone County area was brought to the attention of Fairfield citizens this past week.

McLennan County detective Joe Scaramucci, representing trafficking awareness program Unbound, was a guest speaker July 12 at Enforcer Educational Services, detailing the ways trafficking has affected the communities of Texas and beyond.

Human trafficking, broken down into the categories of labor and sex trafficking, is a $150 billion industry annually, with 313,000 victims in Texas alone.

More than 79,000 of these victims are minors or youth, brought in by traffickers to provide labor or sexual acts through force, fraud, or coercion.

During the presentation, Scaramucci outlined the systemic trafficking taking place in Texas, which contains 20 percent of victims throughout the United States.

Traffickers select the “Texas triangle” of interstates between San Antonio, Houston and Dallas as main sources of business, specifically taking victims up and down Interstate 45, passing through Freestone County along the way.

 

 

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