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"

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

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