From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2010
Contact: Sarah Gomez, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Hosts San Antonio Human Trafficking Summit

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) — Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) is hosting a Human Trafficking Summit on Tuesday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus. The summit will be held in the Buena Vista Theater located in the Buena Vista Building at 501 West Durango Boulevard. The goal of the summit is to explore methods of prevention, identification, investigation, and prosecution of this crime and to seek strategies to aid survivors. The summit will bring together a diverse group of national, state, and local experts committed to combating human traffickers and raising awareness of this inhuman practice.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today. Further, twenty-five percent of all human trafficking victims are in Texas, with the I-10 corridor between El Paso and Houston serving as one of the main routes for human traffickers in the United States.

"Unfortunately, human trafficking is a fast-growing criminal industry," said Senator Van de Putte. "It is imperative that Texas undertake proactive measures to bring an end to this form of modern-day slavery."

The summit is presented by Senator Van de Putte in conjunction with the City of San Antonio, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc., Texas Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Child Sexual Exploitation Coalition, and Children at Risk.