Human trafficking and more specifically sex trafficking has been a major topic in Texas legislature this session. Our Texas leaders are putting in place a strong foundation for this difficult fight to protect our children from these predators.
I believe one of the bills which will have significant impact on prevention is HB 111 requiring adoption/implementation of a policy addressing sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other maltreatment of children in public schools. The school district may collaborate with local law enforcement and outside consultants to create the policy which must include a referral protocol for high-risk students. The bill includes a requirement for methods to increase staff, student, and parent awareness, actions to take for assistance and intervention and available counseling options. Training must be provided as part of a new employee orientation and the bill directs inclusion of community organizations that have relevant, existing research-based programs. The Texas governor says this bills is effective immediately which is great news. Trafficking-related bills signed this past month include:
For more information on these bills and other legislature currently being discussed input the bill number or search "Trafficking" at https://capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx.
Keep going Texas!!!