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Human Trafficking, Spotting Domestic Violence and Houston’s Punk Rock Scene: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Human trafficking is a type of modern day slavery. It can take on many forms, including labor trafficking. But one of the most common and prevalent forms in the U.S. is sex trafficking of domestic victims. On this edition of Houston Matters: Texas is a hub for human trafficking, and Houston in particular is a […]

Human trafficking is a type of modern day slavery. It can take on many forms, including labor trafficking. But one of the most common and prevalent forms in the U.S. is sex trafficking of domestic victims.

On this edition of Houston Matters: Texas is a hub for human trafficking, and Houston in particular is a hub for all types of the practice. And for the last five years, local non-profit and advocacy group Children at Risk has been holding a human trafficking summit to discuss the latest efforts in combatting this issue.

In advance of this year's summit – later this week – we discuss the fight against human trafficking in Greater Houston with several organizations involved in the issue – and we learn how online ads play a role in supply and demand.

Then, we learn about training healthcare workers to spot cases of domestic violence.

And we take a look back at Houston's vibrant 80s punk rock scene with a man who was at the center of it.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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