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Human Trafficking

Pax­ton Applauds Supreme Court Rul­ing on Face­book; Can be Held Liable for Sex Traf­fick­ing on its Platform

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauds a recent Supreme Court of Texas ruling that Facebook can be held liable for the actions of sex traffickers who use its platform to recruit and prey on children.

July 06, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Com­mends Leg­is­la­ture for Mak­ing Texas First State to Penal­ize Buy­ing Sex with a Felony

Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement on the passing of HB 1540, the Human Trafficking Prevention Taskforce’s omnibus bill which creates a separate offense for buying sex and raises to the level of a state jail felony the penalty for buying sex from an adult.

July 01, 2021 | Noteworthy

Paxton’s Human Traf­fick­ing Unit Arrests Six in Coryell County

The Human Trafficking Unit of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Criminal Investigations Division made several noteworthy arrests in Coryell County this week.

June 30, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Sues Austin Eco Bilin­gual School Founder Accused of Labor Trafficking

Attorney General Ken Paxton today sued Austin Eco Bilingual School, a Spanish immersion preschool, accusing founder Adriana Rodriguez of labor trafficking. 

May 19, 2021 | Press Release

AG Paxton’s Law Enforce­ment Round Up

April 26, 2021 | Noteworthy

Law & Lib­er­ty: Human Trafficking

For this episode of Law & Liberty, we break it up into two parts to cover Human Trafficking. In part one, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Deputy AG for Criminal Justice Josh Reno join us to discuss their experience building and directing anti-human trafficking units and in part two, leading prosecutors Cara Pierce and Brooke Grona-Robb sat down to discuss impactful cases they’ve encountered.

January 20, 2021 | Podcast

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 | Noteworthy