Students at Baylor University are learning a new facet of life as they face an epidemic of sex trafficking.
The Houston Chronicle reports that at least 17 Texas schools have reported seeing students with information about sexual exploitation.
“It’s a huge issue.
They are victims of this,” Baylor University’s senior associate vice president for social work, Melissa Jones, told the Chronicle.”
I think it’s just so common to hear that this is happening and they are not being helped,” she added.
“It’s just not true.”
In the fall of 2018, students at Baylor and the University of California, Davis, were the targets of sex traffickers, according to the newspaper.
Students at both institutions are in contact with law enforcement.
The school said it had “recently identified several students who have been identified in a case of human trafficking.”
Jones told the newspaper that the schools are not the only ones in need of help.
She said it is important that the students are informed about the potential dangers of trafficking.
“When students come to me and say, ‘Hey, it’s scary.
I have no idea what is going on,'” she said, “and they say, my school is getting hit with this, I’m like, ‘Okay, it could be a different school.
It could be another type of trafficking.'”
She added that her job as an associate vice chancellor at Baylor is to help students find resources to help them.
Jones told CBS News that her staff has been able to help at least 15 students who reported being victims of sex-trafficking.
The Associated Press reports that one of those students told her he had been “trafficked into sex slavery” at a private school in the U.S. and that he and others were in the process of reporting their cases.