From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2010
Contact: Sarah Gomez, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Files Legislation Against Human Trafficking

(AUSTIN) — Senator Leticia Van de Putte filed Senate Bill 98 (SB 98), which continues her legislative efforts against human trafficking. The bill contains enhanced penalties for human traffickers, provides additional protections for children who are trafficked for sexual exploitation, and extends the civil statute of limitations for victims.

During the 81st Legislative Session, Senator Van de Putte authored SB 89, which was amended onto HB 4009 filed by Representative Randy Weber (R-29). The legislation created a statewide Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force. Housed in the Attorney General's Office, the Task Force is comprised of law enforcement agencies, social service providers, non-governmental organizations, legal representatives, and state agencies who are the front line against this crime. SB 98 will also include legislative recommendations from a report issued by the Task Force prior to start of the 82nd Legislative Session.

"Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. SB 98 is necessary to stop a practice so vial and inhumane," stated Senator Van de Putte.

Senator Van de Putte has been the leader in the Texas Senate to stop human trafficking and raise awareness of the problem by working with over 300 plus law enforcement officials, prosecutors, social service providers, faith-based organizations and community activists. Most recently, Senator Van de Putte hosted a Human Trafficking Summit in San Antonio on October 19, 2010. The event brought together a diverse group of national, state, and local experts to raise awareness of human trafficking and assist victims of this crime.