Details on new bills to be unveiled at Capitol

Details on a few new bills are expected to be unveiled at the Capitol. The bills are aimed at stopping crime along the border and human trafficking. Several state representatives are backing these measures.

With Texas being second in the nation for calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, it's an issue that's being addressed on multiple fronts.

State Representatives Dennis Bonnen, Senfronia Thompson and Oscar Longoria will host a press conference later today.

The bills are aimed at strengthening law enforcement resources on the border, as well as provide new tools to prosecute border crime, prevent human trafficking, and protect communities impacted by criminal activity.

This comes after the launch of a statewide campaign of billboards and PSAs to make people more aware of human trafficking.

FOX 7 recently caught up with Austin police officers who are being trained extensively to spot possible missing persons or human trafficking during routine traffic stops.

Officers say 80 percent of runaways will be sexually or physically abused within 48 hours of being out alone. Some end up being victims of human trafficking, drugged and forced into the sex trade.

Now when it comes to border security, calls for more spending are coming under scrutiny. The State Senate proposed doubling funding to pay for more manpower and crime-fighting technology.

Governor Greg Abbott plans to keep the Texas National Guard along the border until they can be replaced by trained troopers.

But opponents are frustrated with a skyrocketing tab, which is now close to a $1 billion since 2008.

The state lawmakers will detail both bills at a press conference set for 3:30 this afternoon.

FOX 7 will follow this story and bring you the latest on the FOX 7 News Edge at Noon and 5.


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