Written for Class – Human Trafficking Research Paper (Concession) #HTRP

The solution outlined will need manpower, money, and time to be fully implemented. With its partners, the State of Texas will need to hire and train instructors to teach officers and citizens, planners to orchestrate awareness events, and staff to oversee the assistance efforts. Because of this, additional funds will need to be allocated to the Human Trafficking Task Force and the Vice police divisions of Texas’ highly populated cities. It will also take time to accumulate funds, construct housing, and evaluate city contracts and partnerships. The State of Texas must make every necessary effort to proactively curb human trafficking in the state.

Some could argue that the steps outlined to improve the Texas government’s efforts against trafficking are not necessary. Texas is currently at the forefront of the fight to end modern slavery especially regarding children. Texas was the first state to pass human trafficking legislation in 2003 and has passed additional legislation to further the scope since, including establishing the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force in 2009 (Texas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights 8). The Task Force reports yearly a list of recommendations of what legislation is needed to fight human trafficking (McCraw 3). In 2013, the Task Force issued a guide to police officers, social workers, and prosecutors to instruct them on how to prevent human trafficking. As of 2014, more than 3,000 officers have been given training to protect children from trafficking and exploitation (McCraw 3). Texas also already has several partnerships with smaller agencies like Children at Risk and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (Texas Office of the Attorney General 3-5). Given all the current efforts that Texas has taken, it could be easy to argue that Texas is already doing more than its share in the fight to end human trafficking.

Others in opposition could argue that the outline solution relies heavily on limited government funding. The plan requires that the state fund construction, medical, legal, and educational pursuits to eliminate human trafficking. The plan also suggests that current funds be reallocated to pursue the solution prescribed. By reallocating current funds, Texas runs the risk of not having money for other major issues such as disaster relief and infrastructure. The plan also risks alienating major businesses by vaguely requiring that businesses expunge all cheap labor to continue to be awarded city contracts just in case an employee unknowingly hired a victim of human trafficking. This seemingly hostile approach could cause businesses to downsize or even relocate. This would mean less jobs available, thus increasing unemployment statewide.

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