December 13th, 2019
HOUSTON, Texas — Two Texas law enforcement agencies teamed up to rescue a younger woman and a 16-year-old girl from an alleged human trafficker. The woman reports she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and faced forced...
July 10th, 2018
Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26) and I toured an anti-trafficking non-profit, while discussing the action Congress has taken in recent months to combat this growing problem.
April 18th, 2018
As you may be aware, Texas has roughly 300,000 human trafficking victims, including nearly 79,000 minors who have been forced into prostitution or other forms of sex trafficking. Sadly, Houston has the highest number of...
April 12th, 2018
I released the following statement after President Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) into law.
October 19th, 2017
For years, Lynda could not bring herself to speak about her past turmoil and nightmares. Lynda is finally telling about her tortured life.When she was 16, two neighborhood boys drugged and sexually assaulted her. Highly...
August 3rd, 2016
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.
April 5th, 2019
VAWA has made significant strides in addressing the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking throughout the country by forging partnerships among law enforcement, prosecutors, and victims service...
June 28th, 2018
Recently, I voted yes on important legislation that supports the House’s continued action to fight sex and drug traffickers. H.R.
April 13th, 2018
Backpage.com pleaded guilty to Texas human trafficking charges in a state district court on Thursday. The company’s CEO also pleaded guilty to money laundering.
March 6th, 2018
I released the following statement applauding the passage of a measure to enhance criminal penalties for websites that facilitate sex trafficking:
May 31st, 2017
Monday, May 29, marked the 2- year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, called the JVTA. Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate worked together in a bipartisan manner...
February 3rd, 2014
As the run-up to early voting, which starts in just over two weeks, Texas Attorney General candidate, Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, is taking his message to the voters with a new television ad which launched...