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Texas Attorney General Launches New Anti-Human Trafficking Unit

State officials say almost 20 percent of all human trafficking victims travel through Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of a new unit dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Paxton says Texas is in a great position to make progress in the fight against trafficking. He says recent legislative changes provide stiffer penalties and longer jail terms for human traffickers.

The new Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime unit will be headed by Kirsta Leeburg Melton, a former prosecutor with the Family Justice Unit of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

The group will work with local officials, police departments and prosecutors to help put traffickers behind bars. They will also help spread awareness on trafficking to teachers, religious leaders, doctors, and anyone in a position to spot those who are showing signs of being trafficked.

An estimated 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually. State officials say almost 20 percent of all victims travel through Texas.

 

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