Houston has the great privilege of hosting the Super Bowl in 2017, but with that comes the great responsibility of combatting the inevitable spike in sex trafficking.
Just as during the Offshore Technology Conference in May, whenever large numbers of people gather, there is an increase in the sex trade. Why? Because there are men who want to buy sex. And because of these men, traffickers will recruit young girls into the sex trade to meet the demand.
Houston will continue to be a sex trafficking hub as long as society tolerates the buying of sex. Sex trafficking and prostitution are intrinsically linked. They are not the same, but they are very much connected.
The average age of entry into the sex trade is between 12 to 14 years old. If you see a 32-year-old woman involved in prostitution, chances are she was lured into the sex trade as a young girl.