Cornyn unveils bill to fund sex trade battle during Longview stop
POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:42am
UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:36pm
Longview — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn unveiled legislation in Longview on Sunday to give agencies that are battling sex trafficking a funding source in their effort to return young women to normal life.
“It’s been called, I think properly, modern-day slavery,” the Texas Republican said at a news conference at the Longview Police Department.
In introducing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, Cornyn and Police Chief Don Dingler were joined by leaders of four leader organizations who said they lack options when a sex slave is taken off the street.
“We have to do more than that,” said Norma Mullican of Palestine, who plans a safe home called Refuge of Light. “We want to do it the right way.”
Mullican, whose nonprofit group is called Voice to End Slavery, said the group has raised $460,000 to build its safe home but lacks money to run it. Similar homes across the country spend $175 to $225 a day per child, she said, estimating Refuge of Light will cost at least $400,000 a year to operate.
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