Texas has a strong record against sex trafficking, but Congress has work to do

It may seem inappropriate with everything facing our nation right now — a pandemic, an economic shutdown, a presidential election — to insist we still need to bear down on a yet another crisis, the appalling crime of human trafficking. But bear down we must.

Texans can take pride that our state is a national leader in this cause, with a large array of organizations dedicated to helping victims and Gov. Greg Abbott in the forefront of the fight. The governor, working with the Board of Pardons and Paroles, has created a clemency process for victims who committed crimes — such as drug offenses — while they were under traffickers’ control but who deserve consideration for the circumstances of those crimes. 

Human traffickers usually operate in two spheres: forced sex work and forced labor. There is considerable overlap between the two. Many women forced into work say they are also exploited sexually.

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