By Wes Rapaport
August 12, 2019
A Texas city could soon be a nationwide model for stopping human trafficking and helping survivors.
Advocates point to the arrangement in the Houston area.
“They have a task force that is very integrated— 22 different departments working together like a fusion center just on human trafficking,” said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.
McCaul has prioritized efforts to combat human trafficking. He hopes other cities take note of the Harris County model. He has also introduced federal legislation that has gained bipartisan support, which would create a pilot program for local, state and federal training developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety to help identify exploited children and other young victims of trafficking.