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How the crusade against sex trafficking left Texas kids behind

Women "walk the track" on a stretch of Bissonnet Street in Houston. Pimps gather nearby in fast food and strip mall parking lots as potential johns circle and standard traffic passes through. (Photo by Callie Richmond for The Texas Tribune)

by Texas Tribune Staff | The Texas Tribune

Texas lawmakers like to talk tough on sex trafficking. State officials and lawmakers have poured resources and time into finding, arresting and convicting pimps.

But the same attention hasn't been given to the victims.

Earlier this year, The Texas Tribune explored how the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left many child victims behind. What happened to them is often called “modern-day slavery." Now, hear directly from these victims. In this hour of Reveal — produced in collaboration with the Tribune — listeners will hear from Jean, who ran to a pimp when she was 16 after the state's foster care system failed her. And they'll meet Lena, a teen who was sent to jail because there's nowhere else for sex-trafficking victims to go.

On Monday at noon, join us for a live listening on Facebook. Or, you can hear the whole piece now:

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Editor's note: This story is a collaboration between The Texas Tribune and Reveal, a public radio show and podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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