FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Chapa Gorczynski
March 30, 2017
Garcia's Human Trafficking Bill Passes Texas Senate
AUSTIN, TX – Today, Senate Bill 128, which would enlist truck drivers in the fight against human trafficking, was unanimously voted out of the Texas Senate. It now goes to the House where Rep. Senfronia Thompson is carrying the companion bill.
The bill by Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston requires public junior and career colleges to include information regarding the recognition and prevention of human trafficking as a part of their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program curriculum; and it adds that DPS shall distribute educational materials related to the recognition and prevention of human trafficking to all CDL applicants. All truck drivers are required to have a CDL to drive Texas roads.
"Law enforcement needs everyone’s help in the fight against human trafficking. Truck drivers are natural allies. They are on the front lines of the fight. Many truckers want to do the right thing but don't know what human trafficking looks like or how to report it. This bill will fix that and empower them to help some of the most vulnerable, potentially saving lives," stated Senator Garcia. “We want to make sure that if they see something, they will know to say something."
State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia represents Senate District 6 and serves as Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus.