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by: Rep. Shaheen, Matt

Bill hits human trafficking by increasing criminal penalties for individuals who engage prostitutes who are victims of sex slavery

AUSTIN— Plano Representative Matt Shaheen announced today that he has filed House Bill 934 that will reduce the scourge of human trafficking in Texas by increasing criminal penalties for individuals who engage a prostitute who is a victim of sex human trafficking. "The terrible truth about human trafficking victims is that a large portion are forced into prostitution with the average victim’s age ranging from 12 to 14 years old. The people that engage prostitutes are supporting the human trafficking trade and increasing demand, and this legislation will penalize them. We have to attack the problem from every angle and taking a hard-hitting approach like this will drastically reduce human trafficking in Texas,” said Shaheen.

The Texas-Mexico border is the number one entry point for human trafficking, and according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California and Texas lead the nation in human trafficking calls. “I have always made the fight against human trafficking a top priority,” said Shaheen. “We will do everything we can to rid our society of this horrific practice.” To Report suspected human trafficking, call 1-866-347-2423. To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

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