Texas state senator Sylvia Garcia is trying to find a solution to a severe problem of human trafficking. She feels it has to be combated as soon as possible. She feels that the solution to this issue can be solved with the help of truck drivers. The senator wants the truck drivers of Texas to help prevent human trafficking. To put this into effect she has taken a huge step and being a senator she has introduce a bill in the legislature. Check out Driver Armellini.
What is the bill she has introduced? According to this the people who apply for driving the commercial driver license would need to take a course by which they will be able to identify and then report this kind of heinous crime like human trafficking. Members of the legislature are given chance to introduce the bills in the legislature. This week the members of the Texas legislature get the chance to do so. This is the first one for them to do so in the new session. Taking the opportunity the senator of Texas Sylvia Garcia introduced this bill. Accordingly a person who wishes to drive a commercial vehicle would need to apply a driver license in that capacity. Then they would need to take a course during which they will be taught how to identify the crime of human trafficking. Then they need to learn how to report it to the relevant authorities.
Senator Garcia is of the thought that when these professionals are taught about such kinds of crimes would bring good results. She reasons that there are about 200,000 truck drivers in Texas. These drivers can be the eyes and ears for the authorities. They will be on the lookout for the people who have been victim of such crimes on the road and other places. What are the places they can look for such victims? These are truck stops, restaurants and motels. It is in such places these victims get exploited and taken advantage of. The senator said the Texas department of public safety staff would be responsible to teach this course.
The bill after introduction can become law. Then the new applicants as well as the drivers renewing the licenses would compulsorily take this course. Special advisor on human trafficking to mayor Sylvester turner, Minal Patel Davis, says there are some significant indicators that will aid in identifying the potential victims. At the press conference at Southeast Houston the special advisor Patel Davis, said in detail that the drivers can look for people in truck stops that are dressed a little differently and not according to the weather. Many a time, they are found to sell commercial sex. Garcia represents district 6 and she made an announcement of the bill here. Last year 5000 and more cases of human trafficking were reported in the USA says national human trafficking resource center. The trucking association of Texas is in favor of this bill. She is confident that in Austin it will get bipartisan support. Next January the 85th legislative session is scheduled to be held.