What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is defined as: Recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery or forced commercial sex acts.
The U.S. State Department believes that there are currently 27 million people living in slavery due to human trafficking, and that it is a $150 billion industry.
What is the Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program?
The Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) is designed to serve survivors of trafficking throughout their transition to stable, independent lives.
We serve individuals in Bell, Hays, McLennan, Travis and Williamson counties. We serve all survivors of human trafficking regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
If you, or someone you know has been a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888.373.7888.