How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind.

In Sold Out, The Texas Tribune investigated how Texas’ top officials have failed to protect the state’s most vulnerable youth from being trafficked for sex. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m. CST, Texas Tribune reporters Neena SatijaMorgan Smith and Edgar Walters hosted a live discussion about the project with Chuck Paul, a former child welfare investigator who spent more than a decade tracking down foster care runaways and investigating sex trafficking.

Read the discussion here.

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The Texas Tribune team spent five months reporting on this project, interviewing more than 90 people, including 16 victims, 14 foster care and victim service providers, eight prosecutors, 11 police officers and three pimps. Reporters reviewed more than three dozen criminal cases and attended two full sex-trafficking trials.