While watching the local Houston news last night, I was “excited” to find out that federal agents have raided two businesses – La Constenita and El Club Restaurante, a main purpose of which was to enslave young girls and women and force them into prostitution. ABC13 reports that nine women and girls were rescued and the arrest is a result of a three-year investigation. Considering the fact that Houston is a major hub for human trafficking, the above event might not seem as a big achievement. But it is a step. A step toward the complete elimination of human trafficking and the abuse of young women and girls. We all like to imagine that we live in a safe environment and that horrendous experiences, such as slavery, are miles, or even worse, years away from us. The sad and disturbing truth is that they are usually right next door. Many of us go about our daily lives and come across situations that look suspicious. Most of us disregard them as someone else’s concern and move on. In order for the problem to be resolved, however, we all need to become involved and do our share.
If you suspect that a person (or persons) might be held against their will, please do not hesitate to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.