Lawmakers Urged to Penalize Trafficking Businesses

Update, Sept. 25, 2:20 p.m.:

HOUSTON — Despite years of efforts to crack down on human trafficking in Texas, the problem persists, lawmakers and advocates said at a hearing Tuesday where legislators were urged to increase civil penalties for trafficking businesses.

Pimps still operate with little pressure, said state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston. "There are three or four books on how to be a pimp,” Thompson said. “If you think I'm kidding, go to Amazon.com."

Changes to civil codes, as opposed to criminal statutes, will be part of the next step as Texas lawmakers tackle human trafficking ...

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