The Austin-American Statesman just published this op-ed on one of the most important topics facing our state. Please read the full article here.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. This very day men, women and children live in bondage throughout the United States, including Texas. They are used for sex. They are forced into labor. Unable to overcome their captors, these victims are powerless. It shocks the conscience that this still takes place in our communities. We simply cannot tolerate it.

The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that acts on that conviction. Senate Bill 1257 would give the Office of the Attorney General concurrent jurisdiction with local district attorneys to prosecute human trafficking cases. The bill’s authors, Sen. Joan Huffman and Rep. Jeff … continue reading