Texas was given a grade "C" in terms of combating minor trafficking in our state by Shared Hope International, an organization receiving federal grants to research state wide efforts on trafficking.
Lawmakers in Austin announced a bill earlier this year, with suggested legislative changes in accordance to human trafficking. A San Antonio Express News article mentioned that over 200 stakeholders in the community contributed information on what legislative changes need to be made.
Sen. Leticia Van De Putte-D, mentioned that progress has been made on this issue in our state, though much more need to be done.
“The most important thing for us is to treat our children who are caught in this web of sex trafficking as victims instead of criminals,” Van de Putte said. “And right now we treat them as criminals.”