As human trafficking continues to plague communities, law enforcement lacks the data to effectively focus their efforts on the entryways into our countries most often used by smugglers. My bill would require that entry points of victims of human trafficking are documented and tracked whenever they enter the criminal justice system. This will provide law enforcement valuable information and greater ability to target their efforts on high entry traffic points with the ultimate goal of stopping smugglers before they enter our country.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States. Victims of human trafficking in the United States include U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, adults or minors, and men or women. Foreign-born victims in the U.S. may be either documented or undocumented. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries.
Texas is a hub for international human trafficking because of its many busy interstate highways, international airports, countless bus stations, the shipping commerce through the Gulf of Mexico, and its shared border with Mexico.