Texas House Passes Human Trafficking Bill

AUSTIN (AP) – People convicted of human trafficking would face tougher penalties under legislation that has passed the Texas House.

The bill makes it a felony to force children into prostitution, extends the statute of limitations for trafficking crimes and requires anyone convicted of sex trafficking to register as a sex offender.

The legislation also makes life sentences automatic for repeat offenders and creates separate definitions for sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Children who have been forced into prostitution will be allowed certain provisions similar to sexual assault cases under the Texas law. The bill, which has widespread support, faces a final procedural hurdle before being sent to Gov. Rick Perry, who has indicated he will sign it.

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One Comment

  1. BIGD says:

    Why??? Because we can’t TAX them??????????? for being here!!!!!!!!!

  2. scott says:

    “…The bill makes it a felony to force children into prostitution…”

    Was this NOT a felony before??? You get a felony/go to prison for TOUCHING an underaged person in an inappropriate way. But you can make them be prostitutes and it wasnt a felony? Who missed this one?

  3. Reeper says:

    The bill needs a correction to it.
    No life sentences, only the death penalty.
    There is no sense in giving anyone a life sentence, it should be death only since the taxpayers should not pay to house them for life.
    It wouldn’t even be fair for the family to pay to keep them locked up for life since not all can do that, so equal justice and don’t do the crime unless your willing to die for it.

    Spend the money you save on the health care to keep non-criminals alive instead.

  4. darrell says:

    you should be pretty much able to close the border with this legislation. san antonio will be a ghost town if you enforce it. hundreds of payoff’s a week happen in san antonio alone for people smuggled in from mexico.

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