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Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report, 2012

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Date Published
December 2012
44 pages
This annual report provides information on the 2012 findings for the Texas Human Trafficking Task Force.
The 82nd Legislature enacted significant improvements to Texas human trafficking prevention laws. Findings show that law enforcement training has improved, and law enforcement and prosecutors responded to human trafficking with a clear message by assisting with the compassionate recovery of victims and determined prosecution of offenders. Despite these great efforts, more training and public awareness is needed. Because human trafficking is a complex crime, advanced modules and training courses need to be developed. Other criminal justice professionals, such as judges, prosecutors, court officials, and probation officers, need specialized training as well to increase victim recovery. A victim-centered approach must continue to drive Texas' response to human trafficking. Nurturing the relationship between law enforcement and victim service providers is essential to ensuring victims receive the services necessary to make a full recovery; creating a network of service providers will assist law enforcement in identifying the most suitable provider for each victim. The Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force is developing guidelines for both adult and minor victim service providers. Increasing initiatives that focus on specific populations such as at-risk youth, medical professionals, and school personnel will strengthen Texas' ability to prevent victimization and identify vulnerable victims. Future initiatives should focus on developing response systems for victims, expanding current awareness and education efforts, and implementing proven tactics across the State.