About $32 billion in profits annually are derived from human tracking and Texas is a leader in this. In Texas, you will find one of the busiest human trafficking routes from Interstate Highway 10 that runs from El Paso to Houston. A whopping 30% of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center came from Texas according to a study (Polaris Project ) done by Washington nonprofit, National Human Trafficking Resource center. The organization lobbies in order to obtain stronger state as well as federal anti-trafficking legislation. According to the Polaris Project, Texas is considered to be one of the states with the most proactive practices in address this matter. Some examples of these stricter laws include
- Pimping a child can result in a second-degree felony charge with up to 20 years in prison
- Pimping an adult is a Class A misdemeanor
The Rescue and Resource Coalition estimates that about 244,000 American minors are trafficked in the U.S. annually. U.S. citizens are the main source of capital for traffickers even though immigrants make up a large amount of this population.
An immigration case can easily turn into a criminal law situation once trafficking and prostitution is involved. When dealing with criminal law issues in Texas, it is to the best of ones benefit to seek out a experienced Collin County criminal defense attorneys.