Authorities know that thousands of men, women and children are trafficked into Texas.
Proving it in a court of law is another matter.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that cases involving human trafficking are hard to tease from prostitution and illegal immigration cases and are harder to prosecute unless a victim informs on the case.
Investigators say victims are compelled into involuntary servitude, captivity or prostitution.
A study by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott found that human
trafficking is far more common than the cases authorities have been
able to prosecute.
An Abbott spokesman says quantifying the problem with any degree of precision is nearly impossible.
Legislation is pending the Legislature to help local law enforcement identify and crack down on human trafficking.