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Study: More than 313K victims of human trafficking in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A University of Texas study estimates there are currently about 313,000 victims of human trafficking in the state who've been forced into prostitution or to perform labor.

The study by UT's School of Social Work found that of the 313,000 victims, about 234,000 people currently work under involuntary servitude or debt bondage, while some 79,000 children and young adults have been coerced or deceived into prostitution.

Research for the study began in 2014 and the authors say the numbers are conservative estimates. Researchers relied on various databases, surveys of social service agencies that provide aid to victims and other material to establish their findings.

Authorities say Texas is a hub for human trafficking in the U.S. and that Houston has a high number of victims compared to other large cities.

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