Rep. Calanni: Raise Awareness to End Human Trafficking

AUSTIN (Covering Katy News) – Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni (D-Katy/Cypress) has filed her 12th bill which would require members of the Texas Legislature to watch the Office of the Attorney General’s “Be The One” human trafficking awareness video within 30 days of convening for each Session.

The 52-minute video educates Texans on this social epidemic, features first-hand stories from victim survivors, and teaches viewers how to spot signs of trafficking.

“I’m grateful to the Office of the Attorney General for creating a film that directly addresses the horrendous practice of human trafficking,” Calanni said. “By making this film a mandatory training for both the House and Senate chambers, we are directly acknowledging that this issue needs to be proactively addressed on a legislative level.”

The Office of the Attorney General launched this initiative and video in 2018 to focus on the victim survivors and raise awareness. Since its launch, the video has trained more than 20,000 people, many of whom are state employees. According to the OAG, there are approximately 79,000 young Texans who are victims of sex trafficking at any given time.

“The bravery of each of the victims interviewed deserves to be seen. Human trafficking directly affects every single life in the state of Texas, whether or not we are aware of it. This atrocity could happen to your neighbor, your friend, or even someone in your family,” Calanni said.

Calanni represents Texas House District 132 and serves on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.

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