La Joya — Today, the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking concluded a historic hearing, the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. The committee took testimony regarding services available to victims.
State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, member of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking, participated in the hearing and released the following statement:
“The modern-day slavery of human trafficking is most successfully tackled through strong enforcement, smart policy, and effective collaboration between local, state, federal, and international partners.
“Since 2007, when I partnered with key colleagues to combat this vile crime, Texas has led the nation in improving services for human trafficking victims, increasing coordination between state agencies, and giving prosecutors and law enforcement the tools to lock up criminals.
“However, it is clear that much more remains to be done. I will continue to collaborate with everyone necessary to finally put an end to this heinous crime."