A University of Texas study reveals that more than 79,000 cases of minors being trafficked for sex have been reported in the last year.

Now, law enforcement has partnered with some on the frontlines of the growing problem -- hotel and motel operators.

A Houston father whose daughter was lured into the sex slave industry is now a force behind tougher laws against it.

"My 18-year-old high school senior daughter was lured into relationships with people she thought were her friends," the man said. "They were bad people and intended to do her harm."

His daughter may have been taken to a hotel during her eight-day disappearance.

3News spoke to the general manager at the Residence Inn on SPID. She and her staff have recently undergone training to help spot such illegal acitivty. The Department of Public Safety and the South Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking have been meeting with hotel and motel managers and staff, providing them with ways to safely report suspicious activity.

The effort comes on the heels of legislation currently being considered. A half dozen House Bills are pending, including one that would require a training course on human trafficking for commercial drivers applications.

Some other important bills being considered by Texas Legislature that focus on human trafficking include:

HB 2846

Filed by: Representative Rick Miller of Sugar Land

Summary: Makes it illegal for a sexually oriented business to hire employees younger than 21.

SB 666

Filed by: Senator Kolkhorst of Brenham

Summary: Requires all sexually oriented businesses to post a sign in each restroom stall that directs a victim of Human Trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. The posters will provide a means for a silent call for help in one of the only private spaces available for a trafficking victim.

SB 811

Filed by: Senator Kolkhorst of Brenham

Summary: Prohibits Sex Offenders from riding in a car with minors that are not family members.

SB 1196

Filed by: Senator Kolkhorst of Brenham

Summary: Enables the declaration as a “Common Nuisance” websites that promote, facilitate or conduct certain illegal activities including Human Trafficking.

HB 269

Filed by: Sefronia Thompson of Houston

Summary: Relates to the setting aside of the conviction or the expunction of the criminal history of certain victims of Human Trafficking who have been convicted of prostitution.

HB 272

Filed by: Sefronia Thompson of Houston

Summary: Relating to a required training course on human trafficking for commercial driver's license applicants.