Why We're Here.
The majority of Americans know nothing of sex trafficking.
And for those who do have an awareness, they lack correct information. For the minority that grasp the breadth of this horrific crime, they are usually so overwhelmed by the facts, they don’t know what to do.
This feeling of hopelessness is understandable as sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry surpassing the illegal sale of arms and is expected to surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next few years. The selling of a human for sex has surged as a lucrative business for organized crime, because while drugs are sold once, a person can be sold over and over again.
While traffickers are known to bring young people in from other countries, they also target our children. It is reported that the Mexican Cartel sends recruiters into Texas schools, churches, and malls befriending and grooming young teens.
While the situation seems hopeless, we believe with the right understanding of the issue and the right connecting of resources, we can witness the end of sex trafficking in our lifetime. We will bring awareness, connections and resources neighborhood to neighborhood and city to city, until sexual exploitation is eradicated.
By the Numbers.
Right here in the United States.
Brothels exist throughout cities across the nation in motels, cantinas, message parlors, truck stops, at private parties, and inside privately owned homes. A great deal of the sex trade happens online.
The I-10 Corridor is the number 1 route for sex trafficking in the US, with the stretch from Houston to El Paso ranking as a top area.
It is estimated that 100,000 to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year.
The average age of victims is between 11 and 14 and the average life expectancy is 7 years. Yes, 7 years!
In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
Of all sex trafficking victims in the US, 25% are enslaved in Texas alone.
Houston's BackPage sells more sex than both Manhattan and New Jersey.
There are an estimated 79,000 youth being sex-trafficked in the state of Texas alone.
- Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas
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As more organizations, agencies and services are popping up, we're seeing a need for them to work with each other. Some overlap, some just need to bridge gaps. Do you feel called to plug in?
It takes a village. Not just families, but churches, schools and civic centers. If it's learning materials, media, or connecting someone to the right place, we want to help.
It's not just on the street.
Sex trafficking occurs in a range of venues including fake massage businesses, via online ads or escort services, or in residential brothels.
Not In Our City began in 2015 when two moms in Katy,TX, discovered that children, just like theirs, were being sold for sex in their very own neighborhoods. As they dove into research, they came into contact with victims, parents of victims, and activists around the country. It did not take long to uncover the full scope of domestic sex-trafficking and the gaps in many the efforts to end modern day slavery.
Awareness and youth involvement quickly became key for prevention efforts. Connecting activists and anti-trafficking organizations became crucial for recovering victims and for educating the public.
Not In Our City provides awareness events, educational material and experiences, and has built a network of resources. The movement now consists of volunteers, whole communities, and a network of organizations and activists working together to fight the battle against this hidden and often mis-understood criminal atrocity.