Human Trafficking

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...
In remarks on the Senate floor yesterday, I continued to push Democrats to reconsider their threatened filibuster of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
The people who purchase these services too often pay a fine and get on with their lives. Yet they are child rapists who should be treated as the sex traffickers they are.
When many people hear about human trafficking, you think about something that doesn't happen here in America; it happens somewhere else.You might envision brothels in foreign cities or girls being smuggled across other...
Congressman Poe holds Human Trafficking panel in HoustonAs the 113th Congress comes to a close, here's a brief wrap up of some of my legislative accomplishments over the last two years:
I hope y'all are enjoying the last few weeks of summer as August draws to a close and a new school year begins (and of course, a new football season too). This month, I’ve traveled across our district meeting with...
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...
I was very glad to see finally we seem to be chipping away at the dysfunction of the Senate that we've experienced over the last few years, and in the new majority, given the opportunity for an open amendment process on a...
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is looking for a few good police officers to join the ranks of Texas Highway Patrol troopers. The DPS announced a new program under which currently certified peace officers can...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which would empower law enforcement to further...
The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation I sponsored to boost support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing...
BASTROP – Now that Congress is on recess following an ugly meltdown over immigration and border security last week, lawmakers in Texas and around the country are diving into the time-honored...

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