By: MOLLY WICKER
The Human Trafficking Institute’s 2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report was cited as a source of data in a column published by the Dallas Morning News on February 24, 2019. The article, entitled “Sex trafficking victims, silenced by abuse, can’t be expected to speak up for themselves,” was written by Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney and chief federal law enforcement officer in North Texas. According to the 2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report, Cox’s district, the Northern District of Texas, convicted more human trafficking defendants than any other district.
Still, though, she writes, “. . . victims’ reluctance to reach out makes trafficking cases notoriously difficult to investigate, much less prosecute . . . it’s difficult for them to grasp that their traffickers, the people purportedly caring for them, are the ones breaking the law. It’s a pattern of abuse that’s hard to break.”
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