Human trafficking is a crime that law officers in South Texas see all too often. The FBI says combating it is one of their top priorities.
Just last week in Houston, FBI agents hit several neighborhoods and rescued 21 women and girls who were being used as prostitutes. Investigators say most were from Mexico, and all had been promised a better way of life here.
The high level of human trafficking in South Texas is the reason that the Del Mar Center for Economic Development will be hosting a major summit on that topic in November. They hope the summit will help come up with new ideas for new state laws dealing with the problem.
Right now, those laws are lacking.
"We want to create those laws where a prosecutor, somebody in law enforcement, has a clear cut law that applies to prostitution and slavery of kids," State Rep. Todd Hunter said.
The summit is set to run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Everyone is invited to attend.