Senator seeks stronger anti-trafficking law

AUSTIN (AP) - A state senator whose district is along Texas' leading human trafficking highway is pushing for new legislation to crack down on the illegal practice that she calls modern-day slavery.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (PYOOT), a Democrat from San Antonio,
joined Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott on Monday to urge more awareness of human trafficking and more law enforcement training on the subject.

Abbott says he wants more state prosecution authority over human trafficking. His office doesn't have any right now.

Van de Putte says more than 25 percent of all U.S. trafficking victims are brought through Texas and that a leading corridor is Interstate 10. She says many of them are forced into labor and sex.

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