Many people think that human trafficking means kidnapping and moving victims across state or national borders.
After working with human trafficking victims as a forensic nurse and now while teaching at Texas A&M University's College of Nursing, I know that this often is not the case.
I have found that many perpetrators find, entice and sell their victims right in their own backyards.
Victims are often hidden in plain sight, leading everyone from police to health professionals to miss clues to their plight and vastly underestimate the scope and economics of human trafficking.
My colleagues and I once missed one of those victims. That led us to change the way we work.