Imagine  waking up in a strange place with your hands tied up. You look around and you see illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and weed. You see strange women or men approaching you to give you drugs, as they proceed to attempt to touch you inappropriately. This is a nightmare for us, but is a reality for thousands of kids, women, and even men who are a enslaved in human sex trafficking.  I’m writing this article to inform you about the inhumane act of human trafficking that has become an epidemic in the Houston area and around the country. We will also discuss how we can prevent it from happening to you. Human trafficking is the action of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, basically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.”In recent days, we have all been horrified by images of African migrants beings sold as ‘goods’ in Libya,”he said (Thomson Reuters). Texas has the highest age range for human trafficking victims, the highest range is one to eighteen years old. It’s about six hundred thousand to eight hundred thousand women, children and men bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for commercial sex. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexualy abused as children. Our rate is over 1.2 million being trafficking each year. “A severe form of human trafficking” said (Miami Herland/Ana).There are also different human trafficking, examples are forced prostitution of adults, any type of child prostitution, trafficking for forced marriage and more. Labor trafficking involves recruiting, transporting, harboring, providing, or purchasing a person for labor or services through the use of force or fraud.    The reasons for becoming involved in human trafficking are numerous. Drugs and money are two of the most common causes. Once a predator starts this lifestyle, it is difficult for them to change their minds. They consider it an easy way to make money.We should all be alert to the dangers around us. “Having a response coordinated across the whole of the U.N. family will be a crucial part of the international methods to combat slavery,” said (British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft) There are other ways we can help to put an end to this terrible crime. Forming groups and organizations to provide information would be helpful. There also needs to be safe places for a victim to go for help without retaliation. There should also be stricter  laws and penalties to discourage violators.    The types of physical and psychological abuse human trafficking victims experience often lead to serious mental or emotional health consequences, including feelings of severe guilt, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse , and eating disorders.son     The last seen enormous growth in human trafficking of people mostly in women ,for the purpose of sexual exploitation. “It is our collective responsibility to stop these crimes” said(Thomson Reuters) and be mindful of what you do and how you present yourself. DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS.