Sen. John Cornyn addresses sex trafficking issue in ETX
POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:13am
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — U.S. Senator John Cornyn visited Longview Sunday to address a problem that is all too common here in East Texas.
Sex trafficking is more prevalent now than ever before and the number of sex crimes is on the rise. The reason it is so hard to catch these guys, is because the internet makes it effortless for these criminals to commit these crimes behind closed doors.
"The senator being here is a great help to us. It sheds light on an issue that we have," said Longview Police Chief Don Dingler.
Senator Cornyn listened to the needs and concerns of local anti-trafficking experts, and what they need is funds. Senator Cornyn's new legislation 'Justice for the Victims of Trafficking Act' hopes to get them money by taking it from the bad guys.
"Using a fund, creating by fines and penalties paid by people who commit crimes seems to be a ready source of funding that will help these local organization received grants that will help them serve the local population they're trying to serve," said Senator Cornyn.