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Help us bring trafficking awareness to more people.

Human Trafficking thrives in the dark. The more light we can shed on the issue the more people will begin to care about this injustice happening in our communities. Partner with Elijah Rising as we continue to spread awareness of trafficking in the U.S. 


View our current available online exhibits. Subscribe to our newsletter below to be notified when new content is released.


A basic overview of different methods of sex trafficking found in Houston, TX.


An exhibit detailing one facet of the Asian sex trafficking market.


An exhibit showing the Latin American sex trafficking market.


An exhibit about sex trafficking in street prostitution and pimping.


  1. Banks, Gabrielle. “Bissonnet Pimp Gets Lengthy Sentence for Trafficking Women across Seven States.” Houston Chronicle, March 13, 2020. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Bissonnet-pimp-gets-lengthy-sentence-for-15130148.php.
  2. Bouche, Vanessa, and Sean M Crotty. “Estimating Demand for Illicit Massage Businesses in Houston, Texas.” Journal of Human Trafficking 4, no. 4 (2017): 279–97. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2017.1374080.
  3. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Banks, D., & Kyckelhahn, T., U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (2011). U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved March 31, 2022, from https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/cshti0810.pdf.
  4. Busch-Armendariz, Noël, Nicole Nale, Matt Kammer-Kerwick, Bruce Kellison, Melissa Torres, Laurie Heffron, and John Nehme. “Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence and Economic Impact for Texas.” The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, December 2016, 13–13.
  5. Couture, Tessa, and Jennifer Kimball. “More than Drinks for Sale.” Polaris Project, September 2016. https://polarisproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/MoreThanDrinksForSale_FINAL.pdf.
  6. Dale, Y., & Levesque, A. (2017). Beyond massage parlors: Exposing the Korean commercial sex market in the United States. Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence, 2(4). https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2017.02.04.04
  7. Dank, Meredith, and Matthew Johnson. “The Hustle.” Urban Institute, 2014. https://apps.urban.org/features/theHustle/index.html.
  8. Dank, M., Khan, B., Downey, M., Kotonias, C., Mayer, D., Owens, C., Pacifici, L., & Yu, L. (2014). (rep.). Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities. The Urban Institute. Retrieved March 9, 2022, from https://www.ojp.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/245295.pdf.
  9. Farley, M., & Barkan, H. (1998). Prostitution, violence, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Women & Health, 27(3), 37–49. https://doi.org/10.1300/j013v27n03_03
  10. Glenn, Mike. “Feds: Houston Sex Trafficking Ring Prostituted Undocumented Girls.” Chron. Houston Chronicle, October 12, 2013. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Feds-Houston-sextrafficking-ring-prostituted-4886010.php.
  11. Henderson, Angie, and Megan Lundstrom. “Houston, We Have a Problem: Cost of Risk to Traffickers, Buyers and Victims in the Commercial Sex Trade.” Medium. The Avery Center, May 30, 2021. https://angie-henderson.medium.com/houston-we-have-a-problem-cost-of-risk-to-traffickers-buyers-and-victims-in-the-commercial-sex-5af1c79d0f8f.
  12. Potterat, J. J., Brewer, D. D., Muth, S. Q., Rothenburg, R. B., Woodhouse, D. E., Muth, J. B., Stites, H. K., & Brody, S. (2004). Mortality in a long-term open cohort of prostitute women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 159(8), 778–785. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwh110
  13. Simmons, Crystal. “’The Cantinera’ Documentary Exposes Niche of Human Trafficking.” Chron. Houston Community News, September 30, 2016. https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/spring/news/article/The-Cantinera-documentary-exposes-niche-of-9483592.php.


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