From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2008
Contact: Tiffany Champion, Office of Senator Van de Putte, (210) 733-6604

Senator Van de Putte Files the Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Act

(SAN ANTONIO) -- Today, November 10, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) filed Senate Bill 89, the Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Act.

According to the U.S. Department of State, human trafficking occurs in urban and rural settings alike, with more than 25% of all U.S. trafficking victims trafficked through Texas. After working with the Office of the Attorney General, law enforcement personnel, and various non-government organizations dedicated to combating human trafficking, Senator Van de Putte has authored SB 89.

Highlights of the Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Act are the creation of a state-wide human trafficking prevention taskforce, training for peace officers, as well as increased protections for underage victims of trafficking.

"Although we have made great strides in the last session of the legislature, there is much more to be done. Everyday thousands of defenseless children and vulnerable adults are trafficked through Texas and forced into labor or sex."

"We cannot afford to allow these atrocities to continue the vile practice of modern day slavery, stated Senator Van de Putte."