CHILDREN AT RISK supports HB 272 / SB 128

 

Proposed Policy Reform.  CHILDREN AT RISK supports establishing statewide training for Texas Commercial Driver’s License applicants on identifying and reporting human trafficking.

Scope of the Problem.  Over the last five years Texas has consistently been among highest states in the nation in human trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, second only to California.[1] In 2016 670 cases were reported in Texas. Unfortunately, studies show that a large number of human trafficking cases go unreported. A recent report by University of Texas at Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault estimates that there are over 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas. Although training has increased among first responders, social service workers, and healthcare providers there are many more Texans that have the ability to identify human trafficking victims but remain untrained on the ways to detect this horrendous crime.  Truck drivers are one group that is in a perfect position to help identify and report victims of human trafficking and ultimately save lives.

Texas has the most road mileage in the nation with over 300,000 miles of roadway.[2] Truckers may come into contact with victims at truck stops, motels, or on our extensive Texas roadways. With the I-10 corridor reported as “one of the main routes for human traffickers”[3] and the I-20 corridor reported as a “Sex Trafficking Superhighway”[4] Texas truck drivers need to be armed with the tools to recognize and report human trafficking on our roadways and all the places they may encounter victims.

Impact.  Requiring Texas Commercial Driver License applicants complete training in identifying and reporting human trafficking will help identify victims of human trafficking and save lives.

 



[1] https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states

[2] http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/trans/15trans3x.pdf

[3] https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/enforcement/trafficking_in_texas.asp

[4] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2721184/