83(R) - 2013
Relating to the civil prosecution of racketeering related to trafficking of persons; providing penalties.
No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.
Summary: Previously, the Texas Legislature granted victims of human trafficking the ability to seek civil damages against traffickers. HB 3241 grants the Attorney General the power to seek civil damages from traffickers.
- This bill creates racketeering charges for human traffickers.
- This bill grants the Attorney General the ability to bring a civil suit against traffickers.
- This bill allows the State to receive damages under a conviction of racketeering related to human trafficking.
- This bill allows a civil suit to be brought in conjunction with a criminal suit.
- This bill states that the State bears the burden of proof.
- This bill creates a statute of limitations of seven years.
- This bill allows a local prosecutor with criminal jurisdiction to require the Attorney General to abate the civil suit.
Analysis: Human trafficking is a despicable crime. This legislation creates new avenues to hold human traffickers accountable for their crimes. HB 3241 allows the Attorney General to file a civil suit against a trafficker but ensures that the civil suit does not interfere with a possible criminal suit. For these reasons, TPPA recommends voting YES on HB 3241.