by SBG San Antonio
Thursday, October 18th 2018
First Lady Cecilia Abbott announced a new partnership Thursday with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to fight human trafficking.
The partnership builds upon the statewide "Be The One" anti-human trafficking campaign.
“Across Texas, thousands of people are exploited through forced labor or the sex trade," Abbott said." And, as most of us go about our daily lives, these victims are hidden in plain sight. But the people of Texas are joining together in the fight against human trafficking. Thank you to the TABC for launching this very important public awareness campaign. Working together, we will reach our goal of eradicating human trafficking from Texas.”
The state's “Be The One” campaign was created by the office Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in 2017. The campaign has educated thousands of Texans about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking.
Editors Note: In the mid 1990's while working as the administrative lieutenant in Houston, I was assigned to research and attempt to implement laws that could thwart human trafficking in the Barrio Clubs.
A committee was organized and led by a former Nun that ran a shelter for women. The majority of those women were illegal aliens smuggled into Houston to work in the barrio clubs as prostitutes.
Houston Police, a Houston City Council Member and a State Representative's staffer were also on the committee.
We learned that the way the clubs began using the women was through what is known as Taxi Dancing. Taxi Dancing is the paying of money to the club in order to dance with a selected woman. Many times the dance wasn't the only thing purchased.
Our committee was able to arrange for a bill to be filed outlawing Taxi Dancing in Texas. The bill was passed and signed by then Governor, George W. Bush.
The TABC has been involved in investigating Human Trafficking for a couple of decades.