Human Trafficking

Nearly fifty people were arrested in an online prostitution sting operation conducted in Waco, Texas, during the month of January. Snared in the trap were a teacher/coach and a semi-pro baseball umpire who was allegedly...
Earlier this year, U.S. Marshals announced the arrest of Rosain Moreno, a 27-year-old Pennsylvania man, who allegedly convinced a 13-year-old girl to run away from her parents and travel with him to South Carolina.
I issued the following statement after the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, led by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), released a report outlining the inadequate screening process through which unaccompanied children...
Congress is often characterized as a place of partisan bickering and gridlock—where debate and partisan rancor is widespread, but little is actually accomplished. Too often, this assessment has proven accurate. But last fall...
Amanda Jones was kidnapped in Dallas, Texas. She was 15 years of age, and then she was sold for sex at the hands of human traffickers.Children right here in the United States are bought and sold for sexual exploitation in...
Chained to a bed in a warehouse, branded like cattle, these are just some of the horrific stories that I have heard from young girls who suffered as victims of human trafficking in my home State of Texas.
I issued the following statement on the signing of S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act into law by President Obama. This bill was introduced by Congressman Ted Poe and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in...
Last week, Senate Republicans made headlines as the new Republican-controlled chamber passed 100 days in the 114th Congress. By many measures, the Senate seems to be back in business.
This Wednesday was Tax Day. Yet another reminder of how year after year, Americans see more and more of their money go to the Federal Government. This week, Congress passed important legislation to lessen the burden on...
Three years ago, I don't think I would have ever imagined myself defending the decriminalization of marijuana, much less the legalization of it. My first ministry internship while in college included living with and working...
Brooke was a victim of human trafficking and child pornography at the age of 7. The nanny was selling Brooke on the marketplace of sex slavery in the United States. A small child sold for sex in the United States is shameful...
An Associated Press investigation revealed that unaccompanied minors who crossed the border alone into the U.S.
With the holidays behind us and the second session of the 114th Congress in full swing, the New Year is a good chance to look back at the legislative accomplishments from last year. Too often, the media covers the bickering...
The Houston Police Department (HPD) is asking for the public’s assistance in its efforts to combat the plague of human trafficking and sex trafficking that happens in this city. Houston is regarded as one of the leading...
The United States has accused Russia, Thailand, Iran and Libya of insufficient action against human trafficking, in a damning new report. Those nations - as well as Venezuela, Algeria, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, South Sudan...
Officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department and agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raided five suspected illegal massage parlors last week. Arrests came after some neighboring businesses complained of...
Wednesday the House passed historic, bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking in America. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) is now on its way to the President's desk to be signed into law. JVTA was...
In remarks on the Senate floor yesterday, I thanked victim advocacy groups and his Senate colleagues for working together to end the impasse over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
Several important events happened this past week, and I wanted to share with you a few quick updates from them that will be shaping my priorities as the Senate goes back into session this week.
In remarks on the Senate floor today, I asked Democrats to work with Republicans to pass a bill to help victims of human trafficking.I'm determined to keep our focus on the victims of human trafficking: the people this would...

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