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REPRESENTATIVE SHAHEEN FILES BILL TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING 
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by: Rep. Shaheen, Matt
11/23/2020

Bill increases criminal penalties for individuals engaging prostitutes who are victims of sex slavery

AUSTIN — Plano Representative Matt Shaheen announced today that he has filed legislation that will fight human trafficking in Texas by increasing criminal penalties for individuals caught engaging a prostitute who is a victim of sex 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,” Representative Shaheen stated. “The people that engage prostitutes are supporting the human trafficking trade by increasing demand, and this
legislation will penalize them. We have to attack the problem from every angle, and a hard-hitting approach like this will help to reduce human trafficking in Texas.”

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 reported cases of human trafficking. “I have always made the fight against human trafficking a top priority,” said Shaheen. “We will do everything we can to rid our great state of this horrific practice.”

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