Senator John Cornyn to address human trafficking in East Texas at round table meeting
POSTED: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 11:56am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 4:06pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) — Today, Texas Senator John Cornyn will be in Longview to join local law enforcement, elected officials, and advocacy groups for a roundtable discussion on the rising problem of human trafficking in the region. He will also speak on joint efforts to crack down on traffickers and protect victims.
Human trafficking has become a growing problem throughout East Texas as traffickers capitalize on major thoroughfares such as Interstate 20 and State Highway 259.
Representatives from the Longview Police Department and several local non-profits will update the Senator on local efforts to combat human trafficking.
Senator Cornyn will also discuss his Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, legislation that would complement these local efforts by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims' services, and increasing penalties in an effort to put a stop to child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.