Statewide Human Trafficking Summit Held at DMC
Posted: Mar 29, 2012 5:35 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 05, 2012 10:47 AM CDT
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – About 500 people gathered at Del Mar College to help draft a new law on human trafficking.
Last year, State Representative Todd Hunter drafted legislation signed by the governor to create new human trafficking laws in Texas.
That’s why the statewide human trafficking summit was held Thursday.
“What we learn today, what we gather today, what we develop today, it will be used in the hearings the rest of the year. To set up the laws for next year. Our goal is to have very good human trafficking laws and make Texas the model for the rest of the United States,” says State Rep. Hunter.
Hunter says human trafficking is different than the smuggling of illegal immigrants. It’s forced slavery and prostitution, mostly of women and children. The average age of the victim they say, is between 11 and 22-years old.
The ideas formed Thursday will be drafted as laws and hopefully signed by the governor and put into effect by next year.