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Why Magdalene House ATX?

Magdalene House of Austin was chartered in 2016 due to a lack of long-term, holistic care for survivors of sex trafficking in the Austin area. When a victim is released from jail or their captor, in many situations the survivor doesn’t have a support system like a permanent place to live, or the training to hold a job to prevent them from going back to the street. The women involved have nowhere to go. Many have been arrested more than 30 times because they don’t have a place to live and receive counseling. As a result, survivors often return to their trafficker, or the streets, for lack of a better option. Magdalene House ATX will provide a better option and be a sanctuary for healing. As the first long-term residential program in central Texas, Magdalene House ATX will offer a life in community that empowers survivors to create an independent and meaningful future.



The line between prostitution and trafficking is not as clear as we are often led to believe. Without exception, women do not make the choice to be trafficked, and do not have a voice in how they are labeled. "Human trafficking forcefully converts a human being to a commodity. One person profits by stripping rights and dignity from another person. There is no element of choice for the trafficked person; he or she is a product in a multi-billion dollar industry." (Photo and quote from, The Exodus Road)


Human Trafficking in Texas


In January, 2017, The Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas released an in-depth report of the state of Human Trafficking in Texas. The study made several groundbreaking discoveries of a historically underreported reality:

  • There are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.

  • There are approximately 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas.

  • Sex trafficking costs the state costs approximately $6.6 billion.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline reports:

  • Texas ranked second in the nation for tips received by the hotline in 2016. It made up about 8% of the volume received. 

The Department of Public Safety indicates:

  • 12-14 is the average age a female victim is first trafficked. 

  • 53 runaways reported being victimized while they were on run away status in 2016.  This population is targeted by human traffickers.

Human Trafficking in Austin


Austin is located in what is known as "the triangle". Victims are often transported between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, of which Austin centrally located. Big events and crowds in these cities provide an environment conducive for human trafficking.

The Texas Tribune recently published a series of articles illuminating the depth of the problem in Texas. 


How You Can Help

Magdalene House ATX is a private 501(c)3 organization in good standing. We pledge sincere and honest stewardship of every donation we receive. By making a donation today, you’re helping us empower survivors by offering a sanctuary to heal, and ultimately breaking the cycle of sex trafficking, abuse and addiction.