AG Paxton Launches New Human Trafficking Unit

Jan 15, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the launch of the Texas Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Unit.  Paxton says the unit will not only focus on sex crimes, but also incidents and businesses using what he labeled as “slave labor.”

 

“It includes young men and women who come to our country and being forced to work imaginary and endlessly revolving debts against their captors," Paxton said.

 

Kirsta Melton, Head of the Texas AG's Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Unit
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Former Bexar County prosecutor Kirsta Melton will head the new unit.  She told the story of a young 16-year-old victim she tried to help, who after being a victim of human trafficking, set up a prostitution ring with her husband in San Antonio.

 

“And he sent her out to recruit from one of San Antonio’s most affluent and nicest high schools in one of the best districts and to bring in juniors and seniors there who they could put out on the internet and begin to prostitute them," Melton explained.

 

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Texas has the second highest incidents of human trafficking in the country.