PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte and Representative Senfronia Thompson File Legislation to Continue Fight Against Human Trafficking

(Austin) — Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (Dist. 26, Bexar County) and Representative Senfronia Thompson (Dist. 141, Harris County) filed three legislative proposals focusing on helping victims of human trafficking and continuing the statewide collaborative efforts of the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

"This issue has become more prevalent and people are beginning to take notice and understand just how important it is that we do something to put an end to it. We must continue our fight against this horrendous crime and start to focus not only on the criminals that facilitate this crime but also on the victims that are forever affected," said Representative Thompson.

The three legislative proposals are:

"Children in Texas are being exploited and lured into prostitution, and we must begin to treat minors as the victims they are instead of criminals," Van de Putte said. "Texas' successful legislative efforts against human trafficking are due in large part to the work of Attorney General Abbott and the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force."

Senator Van de Putte and Representative Senfronia Thompson look forward to working with Governor Perry, Attorney General Abbott, and their Senate and House colleagues on these and other anti-human trafficking efforts.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte and Representative Senfronia Thompson co-chair the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking.

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