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Human Trafficking

AG Pax­ton Files Law­suit and Obtains TRO Shut­ting Down Illic­it Mas­sage Busi­ness in Houston

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit asking a court to stop Happy Foot Spa in Houston from operating an illicit massage establishment without obtaining the license required by state law and in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

March 06, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Launch­es New City­wide Immer­sive Train­ing Ini­tia­tive to Com­bat Human Traf­fick­ing in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of new partnerships between his office and cities across the state to educate and mobilize Texans in the fight against human trafficking.

June 24, 2019 | Noteworthy

AG Paxton’s Office and Chil­dren at Risk Hold Press Con­fer­ence to Alert Pub­lic to Threat of Ille­gal Mas­sage Businesses

The Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Rick Berlin and nonprofit Children at Risk held a press conference today in Houston to explain the high risk of human trafficking and increased crime in illicit massage businesses.

June 06, 2019 | Noteworthy

AG Pax­ton Files Brief Sup­port­ing Fed­er­al Law Giv­ing Texas, Oth­er States More Tools to Fight Sex Trafficking

Leading a 21-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a federal law that gives state prosecutors greater authority to take legal action against websites that host sex-trafficking ads.

April 22, 2019 | Amicus Brief

AG Pax­ton Tes­ti­fies Before Sen­ate State Affairs Com­mit­tee in Sup­port of Anti-Human Traf­fick­ing Bill

Appearing today before the Senate State Affairs Committee, Attorney General Ken Paxton testified in support of Senate Bill 1257, which would give the attorney general’s office concurrent jurisdiction on human trafficking cases to further the state’s effort to combat modern-day slavery.

April 04, 2019 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton’s Office, Jef­fer­son Coun­ty DA Bob Wortham Obtain Con­vic­tion, 60-Year Prison Sen­tence in Sex Traf­fick­ing Case Involv­ing Women and Under­age Victims

“This collaboration between my office and the district attorney’s office in Jefferson County is an outstanding example of how we’re fighting to ensure that justice is served upon those who commit the despicable crime of sex trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I want to thank the prosecutors and law enforcement agents for their efforts on this investigation to put away a despicable human trafficker.”

September 14, 2018

AG Pax­ton’s Office Teams Up with Local, Fed­er­al Law Enforce­ment to Arrest 13 Peo­ple Involved in Orga­nized Crime and Pros­ti­tu­tion in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office collaborated with local and federal law enforcement on a seven-month investigation that culminated in the arrests of 13 people allegedly involved in prostitution and human trafficking in Texas.

May 22, 2018

Back​page​.com Pleads Guilty to Human Traf­fick­ing in Texas

“Taking down Backpage and obtaining a criminal conviction for the company and its CEO represents a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I want to thank the Attorney General of California, the U.S. Department of Justice, federal law enforcement officials, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, and the prosecutors and law enforcement in my office for their outstanding collaborative work on this investigation and prosecution.”

April 12, 2018