FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       
February 8, 2019

REP. GUILLEN FIGHTS TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill last week that creates the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council. The Council will be tasked with developing and implementing a five-year strategic plan for preventing human trafficking in Texas.

 "Texas has had 455 human trafficking cases in 2018, and that makes us second out of all 50 states in the number of trafficking cases," said Guillen. "That is 455 too many."                 

 

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 5,147 human trafficking cases were reported nationwide, over 3,700 of which were cases of sex trafficking. Texas reported 455 of trafficking cases, behind only to California, which reported 760 cases.

Rep. Guillen shepherded a "Good Samaritan" bill through the legislature last year that would protect people who report overdoses, but it was ultimately vetoed by the governor. This session he plans to introduce a similar bill.

 

Rep. Guillen's HB 1232 directs the Attorney General to create a council comprised of 8 government officials to develop a five-year plan to prevent human trafficking in the state. The plan must assess the existing human trafficking prevention services and coordinate the funds allocated for human trafficking prevention. The Council will be required to submit annual reports to the State Legislature regarding the progress of its five-year plan.

 

"Human trafficking is modern day slavery," added Guillen. "No one, absolutely no one, should endure the torture that is human trafficking, and I will do everything I can to stop the horrible human trafficking epidemic in our state.”

 

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen

 

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