Texas is often cited as the state with the second highest number of human trafficking incidents and victims. The number of victims and incidents is taken from several different data sources, but none are complete. Without accurate data on the number of human trafficking incidents, victims, and offenders in the state, Texas cannot efficiently dedicate resources to anti-trafficking efforts. We can only address challenges if we know what we are facing. To better understand the magnitude of human trafficking in Texas, the 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3800 (adding Article 2.305 of the Code of Criminal Procedure) to serve as a central database of human trafficking information.
Article 2.305 Code of Criminal Procedure
Article 2.305 requires the Department of Public Safety and municipal police departments, sheriff's departments, constable's offices, county attorney's offices, district attorney's offices, and criminal district attorney's offices in a county with a population of more than 500,000 to report data on human trafficking investigations and prosecutions to the Office of the Attorney General beginning August 1, 2020.
Pursuant to Article 2.305, law enforcement entities and prosecutors must report the following for alleged offenses occurring on or after August 1, 2020:
the offense that was being investigated or prosecuted and a brief description of the alleged prohibited conduct;
the age, gender, and race or ethnicity of each suspect and victim and the case number associated with that suspect;
the date, time, and location of the alleged offense;
the type of human trafficking involved;
other related prosecution charges;
information regarding any victims' service organization or program to which the victim was referred, if available; and
the disposition of the investigation or prosecution, regardless of its manner.
Any data regarding offenses occurring before August 1, 2020, is encouraged but not required.
The majority of this information is currently being collected by the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data systems through DPS.
To report the required human trafficking data:
If you submit the required information for both CCH and UCR, you do not need to resubmit the data to the OAG. No information will be directly submitted to the OAG.
Please ensure that all information submitted to CCH and UCR is complete, current, and accurate by August 1, 2020. All information must be updated in accordance with the CCH and UCR submission policies.
Please review our Article 2.305 Human Trafficking Data Collection FAQ or contact us at (512) 936-0700 or use our online form.
Thank you for your inspiring commitment to this important cause.