LONGVIEW (KYTX) -New legislation in the works to help fight sex trafficking. And the bill is backed by Texas Senator John Cornyn.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey was in Longview at a roundtable discussion with law enforcement and advocacy groups about the new: Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
The image of human sex trafficking isn't' always foreign, it happens right here in east Texas.
"The majority of what we're seeing in east Texas is a psychological bondage, a manipulation of victims," said Julie with For the Silent. Its a non-profit organization that works to fight human trafficking.
'We know no 13 year old girl leaves home to be rapped and exploited every night," said her partner Kenny.
The duo was one of several organizations present for a roundtable discussion with Sen. Cornyn to talk about he and representative Ted Poe's initiative to battle against human trafficking.
The act, --if approved by both sides of the government-- would provide increased penalties for trafficking violators, give law enforcement better tools to target suspects, and create a fund that would provide grants and resources for trafficking victims.
Cornyn said, "Technology really does make this a whole lot easier to occur."
He says the fight against human trafficking will never be over, but when you count one success at a time, it's all worth it.