The concepts of freedom, justice and the pursuit of happiness are
intricately woven into the fabric of American culture. We may find it
hard to fathom that we live in a world where people are deprived of
these rights, a world where people are trafficked for labor or bought
and sold in the sex trade. The heinous crime of human trafficking is
not confined to some remote country; it is happening right here, and
even children have become commodities for the pleasure of sexual
predators and the profit of traffickers.
The State of Texas will not tolerate the inhumane practices carried
out by coercive and manipulative criminals. We provide serious
penalties for human traffickers, and we continuously look for ways to
better serve the victims. Since the creation of the Child Sex
Trafficking Team in my office, innovative and promising practices have
been launched around the state. My team knows that a spirit of
collaboration is critical in this endeavor, and I commend all those
working toward a stronger and more coordinated response.
I thank our state’s service providers, law enforcement officers and
prosecutors for their dedication to combating this terrible crime. I
also applaud the faith communities, businesses, foundations and other
advocates who are stepping up to make a difference. I especially want
to express my gratitude for the incredible survivors who are sharing
their voices and their stories to help others; their grit and resilience
is a testament to the Texas spirit and a constant inspiration to us
At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the risks
and indicators of human trafficking and to do their part in helping end
this atrocity. The reality of this evil enterprise can become
overwhelming; however, if the past year has taught us anything, it is
the fact that Texans will not be overcome in the face of adversity.
Together, we can protect the vulnerable, help victims find healing and
bring offenders to justice.
Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim January 2018, to be
Human Trafficking Prevention Month
View a PDF of the Proclamation