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Mia was still missing a year later, in 2014, when a massive class-action lawsuit against the state's long-term foster care system went to trial.
And Sarah, a 16-year-old from Austin who gave police a rare cause for hope after landing a spot at the state's only treatment facility for sex-trafficking victims. Texas was one of the first states to pass a law defining human trafficking, in 2003.
Eighty-six percent of missing children suspected of being forced into sex work came from the child welfare system, national data show, and a state-funded study estimated that the vast majority of young victims in Texas had some contact with Child Protective Services.
Interviews with law enforcement and child advocates around the state tell a similar story.
Federal District Judge Janis Jack would later rule the state had mistreated those children so severely that it violated their civil rights.
Buried in Jack's 2015 decision — and largely missed in subsequent discussions about foster care in Texas — was the fact that Mia was a victim of a crime that top Texas leaders have been publicly battling for more than a decade.