From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2011
Contact: Sarah Gomez, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Advances Human Trafficking Legislation

(AUSTIN) — Today, Senator Van de Putte (D-26) continued her legislative leadership against human trafficking by passing Senate Bill 24 and Senate Bill 1436 out of committee. At the public hearing in the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, Senator Van de Putte joined members of the committee to hear testimony in support of the bills. SB 24, a comprehensive bill related to the prosecution and punishment of human trafficking, and SB 1436, a bill creating a new offense of continuous human trafficking, were both passed out of committee and are scheduled for consideration by the full Senate in the coming weeks.

During the 81st Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature created the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force - through House Bill 4009 - in an effort to create a statewide partnership between law enforcement agencies, social service providers, non-governmental organizations, legal representatives, and state agencies who are at the forefront against this crime. Since then, the Task Force issued the 2011 Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report, which provides comprehensive legislative recommendations that better protect both adult and child victims. Senate Bill 24 contains recommendations included in the report approved by all 47 members of the task force.

"I am proud to pass these bills out of committee; they provide a consistent and cohesive approach to human trafficking and increase our efforts to eradicate modern slavery," stated Senator Van de Putte.

She added, "Working together with my dear friend Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-141), and our colleagues in the House and Senate ensures that Texas will better protect trafficking victims. No child should ever be part of this seedy and egregious crime."