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March 24, 2014

In Case You Missed It: DPS Director Provides Testimony About Human Trafficking at Congressional Hearing

AUSTIN – On Thursday, March 20, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw presented testimony during a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing in Houston entitled, “Combating Human Trafficking in Our Major Cities.”

The hearing, convened by U.S. Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, focused on Houston as a case study to further understand trafficking in major U.S. cities. In addition to Director McCraw, witnesses included trafficking survivors and local, state and federal law enforcement officials.

Regarding the significant public safety threat posed by human trafficking, Director McCraw said:

“Human trafficking is not only a crime; it is evil. And the pervasive sex trafficking of children is proof that the depravity of man has no limits. The citizens of Texas have great compassion for human trafficking victims and great disdain for those who prey upon them. The State Legislature and leadership of Texas have been on the forefront in combatting human trafficking. We will continue to work together with our many partners to address these deplorable crimes, pursue the suspects and protect the victims.”

To view the full written testimony, please visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/public_information/20140320HumanTrafficking.pdf.

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