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REP. JESSICA GONZÁLEZ FILES BILL TO COMBAT HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING  print page

by: Rep. González, Jessica
03/05/2019

AUSTIN – Texas State Representative Jessica González today filed HB 3206. The bill will play a fundamental role in combatting human sex trafficking by tackling one of the root causes: demand.

The bill will increase fines on those who purchase sex. While those selling sex often wind up in jail—sex trafficking victims are arrested an average of at least nine times—purchasers often face few or no consequences. A fine that comes closer to fitting the crime it seeks to address will provide a stronger incentive to local law enforcement to vigorously pursue and prosecute those purchasing sex.

"HB 3206 is an important effort to target those who fuel the illicit sex market," Representative González said. "We believe this bill will reduce prostitution and sex trafficking, while increasing public safety and saving the state millions in taxpayer dollars."

Additionally, the legislation will support those at the highest risk for trafficking by allocating funds from fines imposed by this bill to the criminal justice division within the governor’s office for victims’ services.

Allison Franklin, a Peer Policy Fellow for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, said, "Prostituted individuals are at the highest risk for sex trafficking. The justice system should focus on the demand for purchased sex and protect those most at risk of human trafficking—not punish vulnerable populations. We are grateful to Rep. González for filing HB 3206, which will shift enforcement to buyers while increasing services and supports for people who have been sexually exploited."
Representative González added, "I'm proud to stand up for survivors of commercial sex exploitation, many of whom are LGBTQ+, so they may receive the critical services they desperately need."

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