Everything is bigger in Texas, but maybe some things should not be. Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in Texas is ranked second in the nation. Fortunately, someone is doing something about it.
Cheryl Brasuell, a community engagement director for Traffic911 is working to combat the problem and help at-risk kids in Texas. Traffick911 is an organization that helps free children from sex trafficking. The organization is working combat youth sexual abuse.
“We have a team that helps identify them online and then we send our reports to local and federal law enforcement. They are the ones who complete the investigation and decide whether it’s enough to pursue the search and arrest,” said Brasuell.
Texas is a hub for DMST, with over 46,000 active missing children reported in Texas between the ages of 12 and 14. Most cases involve females.
Traffick911 is doing everything in its power to help those who have been rescued.
Brasuell said, “We help in any way we can. If they need a restorative home, if they need a safe place, we coordinate that with all of the services required in order to get them to that safe place.”
Brasuell had a full-time job, but was deeply bothered by the statistics and decided it was time to get involved.
“I’ve always been sensitive to social justice issues. Those were the things that made me mad,” said Brasuell. The thing that makes you mad and passionate, that’s the thing you should be doing. I just started volunteering and then I came on fulltime.”
Traffic 911 has volunteer opportunities for those who want to help. They strive to educate and empower.
The organization works in the U.S. and collaborates with organizations that work to give victims a fresh start. The next opportunity to help is on Nov. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the coffee show in Sabine Hall at Richland. Traffick911 is conducting a march to raise funds for the victims who have been rescued from human trafficking.