U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mayor Annise Parker announced the “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act” Wednesday afternoon at the Children's Assessment Center in Houston.
It's to protect of victims of human trafficking and is also key in providing needed resources to fight human trafficking.
U.S. Senator Cornyn tells KTRH "Houston's is one of the areas by virtue of its geography is a pipeline for that activity."
The bill also will help increase law enforcement resources, enhance victims’ services and increase penalties in an effort to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Cornyn adds that Harris County has gotten at the cutting edge of dealing with this in a very collaborative and intelligent kind of way." The Senator said he is also impressed by the work of The Children's Assessment Center at 2500 Bolsover Street. He cited the Southwest Houston facility as one of the top organizations of its kind in the nation.
Cornyn encourages to victims to reach out to local law enforcement immediately for help.