AUSTIN – The Texas Senate today approved SB 72, creating the Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinating Council whose members include all state agencies that receive an appropriation to address human trafficking.

"Human trafficking is a scourge on our society, and we have to end this epidemic once and for all. This bill will ensure that state resources are being maximized and that agencies are working together to root out traffickers and help victims," Senator Nelson said.

SB 72 directs the Council to develop a strategic plan to ensure cross-agency coordination in the effort to combat human trafficking -- an illegal enterprise that victimizes over 300,000 people in Texas every year. SB 1, the Senate's base budget, approves all agency requests related to combatting human trafficking totaling $84.5 million, an increase of $59.3 million -- more than three times the current funding level.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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