May 6, 2011
Austin, TX - Texas is making progress in it's fight against human trafficking, in particular child sex trafficking. Texas House passed a bill last week stating that "Children under the age of 14 who are forced into prostitution by an adult will not be subject to prosecution."
The bill was passed in response to an exploited child who received prostitution charges. "The Texas Supreme Court overturned that conviction, but the House wants to make sure it doesn't happen again."
This bill means that instead of sending young girls to juvenile detention, they will be considered victims and will hopefully be able to receive treatment in safe houses.
The revision was introduced by state Rep. Pete Gallego, a Democrat from Alpine. The bill passed unanimously.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
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