Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

The Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) in the Office of the Governor of Texas is fighting to end this crime and to help its young victims.

Our mission is to build sustainable capacity, enhance expertise, promote policies, and create new and leverage existing collaborations to protect children from sexual exploitation, help the public recognize signs of sexual exploitation, help victims recover, support healing, and bring justice to those who exploit children.

“TABC’s Response to Human Trafficking” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“TABC’s Response to Human Trafficking” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

TABC plays a key role in stopping human trafficking from taking place within licensed alcohol retailers such as bars, nightclubs, and convenience stores.

“First Spouses’ Global Human Trafficking Summit – 10.14.21” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“First Spouses’ Global Human Trafficking Summit – 10.14.21” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

The latest educational summit in October 2021 was hosted by the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team and focused on the growing crime on online exploitation of children and solutions to prevent it.

“Human Trafficking Updates from the 87th Legislative Session” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“Human Trafficking Updates from the 87th Legislative Session” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

Todd Latiolais, Prevention & Policy Administrator with the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, provides an overview of new legislation impacting the issue of human trafficking.

“Business Doing Good – Engaging Businesses to Hire and Empower Survivors” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“Business Doing Good – Engaging Businesses to Hire and Empower Survivors” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller present on an evidence-based economic empowerment model based on six principles.

“What Are We Learning from Research About the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY)” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“What Are We Learning from Research About the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY)” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

How research informs our strategies to prevent and recognize the commercial sexual exploitation of youth, effectively recover victims and support their healing, and bring justice to their exploiters.

“Rebecca Bender Moved to Texas!” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“Rebecca Bender Moved to Texas!” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

Rebecca Bender is CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative and Founder of Elevate Academy. Rebecca is a leader, advocate and consultant who equips individuals and organizations to identify and fight human trafficking in their own backyards.

“Disrupting the Demand for Commercial Sex in Texas – Progress and Lessons Learned So Far” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team
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“Disrupting the Demand for Commercial Sex in Texas – Progress and Lessons Learned So Far” – from Texas’ Child Sex Trafficking Team

Jamey Caruthers, the leader of the CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Texas team and CHILDREN AT RISK Senior Staff attorney, shares what we’ve learned over the past year of CEASE work including new data on regional buyer disruptions and ad tracking during COVID, as well as a look at what the next year holds for anti-demand.