Texas 83rd Session CLC Final Report on Human Trafficking Legislation
HB 2268 by Rep. John Frullo/SB 1052 by Sen. John Carona: These identical bills, which the CLC supported, streamline the investigations of Texas law enforcement officers into aspects of human trafficking taking place on the internet. Previous limitations on search warrants in Texas hindered the ability of law enforcement to fully investigate human trafficking based online; this bill created a new ability to obtain search warrants for information transmitted electronically, but physically held on servers in other states. HB 2268 was passed in both chambers, and was signed in the House on May 27th.
SB 92 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte: The CLC supported this bill, which creates a diversion court program for victims of human trafficking. In particular, the bill helps recognize victims of human trafficking as victims, not criminals, particularly in situations involving allegations of prostitution (many victims are minors and cannot legally consent to sex—this bill treats them accordingly). SB 92 was signed by the Governor on May 25th.
HB 2725 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson: This bill creates parameters to help ensure the confidentiality of human trafficking shelters and their occupants. The CLC supported this legislation, and HB 2725 passed unanimously in both chambers and was sent to the Governor’s office on May 22nd.