FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/04/2014
STRAUS NAMES HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMMITTEE
AUSTIN -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named seven legislators Friday to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking.
The committee, established in the 2011 legislative session and renewed by the Legislature last year, will study the problem of human trafficking. It is charged with continuing its previous work by studying ways to combat the crime of human trafficking and identifying services available to victims.
“Human trafficking is a tragic reality in our state,” said Straus, San Antonio. “But I am proud of the valuable work this committee has done to address the problem of human trafficking and continues to do for the victims of these crimes.”
An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year, and the number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is estimated to be even higher. Given its size and proximity to a major international border, Texas is often a focal point for human trafficking activity.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson of Houston will chair the committee, which will also include Reps. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi, Debbie Riddle of Tomball, Roberto Alonzo of Dallas, Joe Moody of El Paso, Tan Parker of Denton and James White of Woodville.
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