Human trafficking is a considered a modern-day form of slavery and usually involves commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. A report by the The Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project estimates that 79,000 Texas youth are victims of sex trafficking. Another 234,000 people in Texas are estimated to be victims of labor trafficking, forced to perform domestic or agricultural work without their consent.


Assistant Attorney General Kirsta Leeburg Melton leads the Human Trafficking Unit in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She addresses the problem and some solutions in a presentation at Grace Lutheran Church at 1250 Belvin St, San Marcos, on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. Law enforcement personnel in San Marcos and Hays County are expected to attend, as are Rotarians from around the region. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors for the event include the Rotary Club of San Marcos and Rotary District 5840, serving Central Texas. Rotary District Governor Kathy Hubbard said of the event, "We, as Rotarians cannot ignore this issue of human trafficking, in essence human slavery. Let’s meet together and learn the red flags so we can recognize this issue when we see it and do our part to end this horrific crime.”

The Human Trafficking Unit in the Attorney General’s Office has a web site with information and a video about the issue: