FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2017
AUSTIN, TX – On Wednesday, March 22, Senate Bill 128, which would enlist truck drivers in the fight against human trafficking, was unanimously approved by the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation. It now goes to the full Senate for final vote.
The bill by Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston requires public junior and career colleges to include information regarding the recognition and prevention of human trafficking as a part of their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program curriculum; and adds that DPS shall include questions to the 'knowledge and skills' test related to the recognition and prevention of human trafficking. All truck drivers are required to have a CDL to drive Texas roads.
"Law enforcement needs everyone’s help in the fight against human trafficking. Truck drivers are natural allies. They are on the front lines of the fight. Many truckers want to do the right thing but don't know what human trafficking looks like or how to report it. This bill will fix that and empower them to help some of the most vulnerable, potentially saving lives," stated Senator Garcia. “We want to make sure that if they see something, they will know to say something."