Texas is number two on the National Human Trafficking Hotline’s call list, and 20% of all trafficking victims will end up in Texas, Buenger said.
Not in My City supports the organization’s efforts to prevent human trafficking through awareness raising and to provide early intervention to victims, she said. Buenger, a child protection lawyer, launched the local chapter of the Waco-based organization in 2018 because she saw the gap in services for the most vulnerable people in the community.
âWe know that 75% of exploited youth are trafficked for two years or more before being identified,â Buenger said. âSeventy-five percent of them don’t identify as victims, and the average age of exploitation starts at 15 – 14, 15 – so we want to try to have earlier intervention for young people who are vulnerable.
In addition to Not in My City, she said, the organization also offers training for professionals who may come into contact with victims of human trafficking, such as healthcare professionals, teachers and lawyers.
The 2020 Not in My City event has been canceled due to the pandemic; however, the organization has not ceased its efforts. According to the Unbound BCS Impact Report, the Chapter equipped 23 businesses, conducted 53 trainings, trained 2,288 community members, youth and professionals, and served 18 survivors in 2020.