From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Human Trafficking Committee Hearing in Houston

(Austin) -- The Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking will hear invited and public testimony on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Services Building Conference Room (SSB208) at Lone Star College - North Harris located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, Texas 77073.

Human trafficking -- essentially, modern-day slavery, where human beings are bought and sold for forced labor or sex -- is a tremendous problem in Texas. The Interstate 10 Corridor has been identified as a major hub of human trafficking activity.

The Committee is co-chaired by Houston Representative Senfronia Thompson and San Antonio Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

The Committee will:

Study the services available for victims of human trafficking provided by federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the long-range need for safe houses and shelters and the best practices for public/private partnerships providing services to victims.

Review procedures and services available for youth that have been identified as sex trafficking victims, including analysis of the appropriate criminal penalties associated with prostitution.