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Rep. ANCHIA FILES BILLS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS  print page

by: Rep. Anchia, Rafael
01/05/2009

Legislation is Part of Comprehensive, Bipartisan Push to Enact Tough Statutes



(Austin)--State Representative Rafael Anchia (Dallas) is sponsoring three bills to combat human trafficking in conjunction with omnibus anti-trafficking legislation filed by State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (San Antonio) and State Representative Senfronia Thompson (Houston).



Following recommendations contained in a report by the Office of the Attorney General entitled "The Texas Response to Human Trafficking", Rep. Anchia's legislation will create a statewide task force under the supervision of the Attorney General that will develop policies, collect information and coordinate efforts to assist in the prevention and prosecution of human trafficking. The task force would collaborate with U.S. Attorneys, agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, county court judges, criminal district attorneys and various other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to bring all available resources to bear on the issue of human trafficking. The bill would also create a secure statewide database of victims of trafficking and would certify victim advocacy organizations to track each victim's case and coordinate casework with the Office of the Attorney General.



In addition to establishing the task force and statewide database, Rep. Anchia is also advocating for legislation that would allow victims of trafficking to sue their traffickers in civil court and would require police officers to be trained in how to identify a victim of trafficking.



According to the Attorney General's report, trafficking victims are compelled to work as prostitutes and exotic dancers, and are made to perform in live-sex shows and in the pornography industry. Additionally, victims of trafficking are often forced to work as domestic help, in the agriculture industry and in sweatshops. The report also notes that nearly 20 percent of human trafficking victims identified nationwide have been found in Texas.



"We need a comprehensive effort from all levels of government and law enforcement to dismantle the organizations in our state that engage in human trafficking", said Anchia, adding, "We must also reach out to help the victims of this heinous crime. This task force, and these changes in the law, will help accomplish those critical missions."



Representative Rafael Anchia is a former DISD school board trustee serving his third term in the Texas House and represents District 103 of northwest Dallas County.

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