FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/07/2014
TAN PARKER APPOINTED TO THE JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(Flower Mound, Texas) Today State Representative Tan Parker announced that he was appointed to the Joint House and Senate Committee on Human Trafficking. Established in 2011 and reauthorized during the 83rd Legislative Session, the joint committee is charged with studying the growing human trafficking epidemic and to make recommendations to the Legislature for curbing what is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar business. Texas, specifically, must address human trafficking and its related criminal activity as part of a nationwide effort since many traffickers prefer the large and geographically diverse state as a major point of entry into the United States.
In accepting his appointment, Parker stated, “No criminal matter warrants our immediate attention more than human trafficking. It is the fastest growing illegal enterprise and it preys on our most vulnerable citizens. It is completely deplorable and I could not think of a better way to address overall public safety than to once and for all put an end to this inhumane criminal act.”
According to the Polaris Project, an organization that maintains the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, it is estimated that as many as 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. However, the number of US citizens trafficked within our own borders is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children currently at high risk for falling victim to human trafficking.
The joint committee will spend the next eight months studying the issue before submitting a detailed report to the full Legislature, complete with their legislative recommendations. Rep. Parker has long taken an interest in reducing human trafficking. In 2011 he passed legislation designating Human Trafficking Awareness Week to increase awareness and to educate individuals, specifically children, on basic steps to take in order to avoid falling victim to this horrific crime.
Initially elected on November 7th of 2006, Representative Parker represents both rural and urban parts of Denton County which encompasses the communities of Flower Mound, Argyle, Lantana, Dish, Ponder, Justin, Northlake, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Bartonville, Trophy Club, Roanoke and portions of Lewisville, Fort Worth, Highland Village, Westlake and Southlake.
Serving in his 4th term in the Texas Legislature, Representative Parker is focusing his efforts on economic development, job creation, strengthening border security and immigration policy, promoting fiscally responsible government spending, providing a strong public education system, enhancing public safety and protecting family values. Representative Parker is the current Chairman of the Corrections Committee. He also serves on the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Criminal Procedure Committee.