Texans need to be vigilant against human trafficking

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Border security is getting much needed attention right now to ensure law enforcement has the tools they need to stop human and drug traffickers. But these problems don’t stop at the border and often victims of trafficking aren’t limited to those smuggled into this county.

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and reports of sexual assault and labor abuse crimes can be seen across Texas. We have a duty as Texans to be vigilant and help law enforcement to stop this terrible crime.

As the chair of the Texas Railroad Commission, I have prioritized modernizing your state’s oil and gas regulator to meet the demands of the public and keep up with the constant innovation occurring in the oil plays of Texas. Producers in Texas now lead the world in production efficiencies to deliver high-quality commodities to Texans and the world market. Along the way, we have asked more from industry in helping combat transnational criminal organizations or cartels that threaten our safety and economic wellbeing.

In 2015, the Texas Legislature rightly saw the need for law enforcement to target criminal activity in the oilfield by expanding resources at the Texas Department of Public Safety to investigate, categorize and prosecute cartel activity affecting the oil and gas industry. This past year, I worked with the Association of Energy Service Companies and the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team to bring more training and awareness to oil and gas producers to help them spot the signs and report what they are seeing to law enforcement.

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