Human Trafficking

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.

Modern day slavery is happening all around us, and it occurs in the form of human trafficking. Victims are sold into sex slavery, drugged, beaten, threatened and forced to engage in horrifying acts at the demand of their...
A Texas jury in Corpus Christi wasted no time in handing down a 40-year prison sentence following their conviction on Friday of a man who was sex trafficking a 15-year-old girl.
It happened right under the entire community’s nose. Eight year old Jen Spry was raped and tortured on a daily basis.She was not kidnapped by a stranger in a dark alley. She was trafficked just a few doors down from her...
Two 19-year-old men have been charged in Dallas, Texas, with forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution against her will. The girl eventually escaped their captivity.
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...
This summer, while Congress has been out of session, I have undergone treatment here in Houston for Leukemia. Fortunately, just eight weeks into treatment, I am feeling like myself again and am confident that I will beat...
Three Texas men are in a Waller County Jail after allegedly attempting to meet up with a minor for the purpose of having sex. The men were busted in an online solicitation sting where they thought they were chatting with a...
The NCAA Men’s Final Four is a time of excitement, suspense, and this year, it’s an opportunity to display Houston’s hospitality to the hundreds of thousands of people who will travel to our great city for the games. We...
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...

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