Did you know Texas is in the top three states with the highest rates of human trafficking according to Humantraffickingsearch.org? The website defines human trafficking as the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Traffickers will target young boys and girls for a chance of selling them on the market. Large events such as carnivals and sporting events are attractive to traffickers because children are easily lost in the crowd and can be kidnapped without anyone noticing. But human traffickers also look at runaways as well.

Humantraffickingsearch.org reports that “Houston is home to almost 6,000 runaway minors and an estimated one to three runaways are lured in sex trafficking within 48 hours of running away from home.”

Our Lady of the Lake University student Stacy Gonzalez, a Houston native, reacted to this information and said “I can’t believe that. That’s horrible to think about because you see the flyers in Walmart about missing kids but you really don’t pay attention to them.”

Sharedhope.org provided some signs a person may be a victim of human trafficking such as: 

• Bruises/burn marks

• Sexual behavior 

• No personal belongings 

• Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out

Much more can be found on their website. When celebrating events make sure you keep track of any small child you bring along, and be wary with people you meet during the event. If you suspect any human trafficking is going on be sure to contact the authorities immediately and report strange activity.

ople in the world will affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives”

Active minds host events on campus that helps spread awareness to students. They’re usually fundraiser id their coffee and donuts sell that they do almost every year.   As mentioned before their goal is to the help students be more open about mental illness and to get help when they need it.

With May being Mental Health awareness, it only seemed right to make this organization that works so hard our organization of the month.

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