Childproof America - Safeguarding Families Against Sex Trafficking

Legislation - how you can help!

John Clark with Operation Texas Sheild does some amazing work with legislation.  Here is how YOU can HELP!
4/11/17 - This is the recent Facebook post by John Clark.  It is long but gives great detail about the bills that are stuck in committee and exactly how you can help with this needed legislation.  

Status Update on the Anti-Sex Trafficking bills:
This is a VERY long post. The reason for the length is because it includes detailed instructions. If you want to be involved we could use your help. If don't want get involved, there is no need to read entire post.
The most important bills are stuck in committee (the congressional session may expire without the bills ever having the change to be heard). HB 2846 and SB 1866 have strong opposition from SOB owners who are well funded and active. The easiest thing for the committees to do is let them sit without a hearing. That way no one ever has to vote yes or no. That way the committee members don't upset voters who like the bill or big donors who don't like the bill. It's a win for the politicians and the SOBs and a loss for victims and families.
Polite and professional communications encouraging to do the right thing will work best with the committee members. They won't respond well to being harassed, insulted or threatened. If we show them overwhelming voter support it makes it harder to hide behind parliamentary maneuvering and delay tactics.
Calling committee members is most effective. We want to hit every phone line they have. Ask to speak with a policy analyst, or a legislative assistant. You almost no change you will get to speak with the Senator or Representative, but if you keep leaving messages that you want specific bills to receive a hearing, they will get the message. If you get a chance to speak with someone use the sample letter below as guide for the call.
Emailing is also effective. Fill in the blanks and use the sample below. Add whatever personal touch you want to add.
detailed Instructions including sample script and committee member contact information is below
The bills stuck in committee are:
•HB 2846: Author: Rick Miller, Sugar Land
•Status: In Committee (Licensing & Administrative Procedures) No hearing scheduled
•Summary: Prohibits sexually oriented business (SOBs) from hiring employees under 21
•SB 1866: Author: Larry Taylor, Pearland Hearing BLOCKED!
•Status: In Committee (Criminal Justice)
•Summary: This is a companion bill to HB 2846 (Identical)
•SB 811: Author: Lois Kolkhorst, Brenham
•Status: In Committee (Criminal Justice) No hearing scheduled
•Summary: Criminalizes convicted pimps being in cars w/ non-family minors & requires pimps register

​​
SAMPLE LETTER OR CONVERSATION GUIDE TO COMMUNICATE WITH HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LICENSING & ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

TO: House of Representatives Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee

RE: HB 2846
Dear Senator/Chairperson/Chairman __________,
As a [constituent/anti-trafficking advocate/victim of human trafficking/concerned citizen and Texas resident], I am writing to request your support for House Bill 2846 which makes it illegal for sexually-oriented businesses (“SOB”) to employ persons under the age of 21. HB 2846 does this by raising the age of a “child” with respect to a “sexual performance by a child” in Penal Code § 43.25.
Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOBs) are linked to trafficking. As the Texas Attorney General’s Office reported in 2013:
Concerns about the link between sexually oriented businesses and human trafficking are well-placed as both usually involve the exchange of money for some sort of commercial sex act. Likewise, both require sexual performances and produce substantial profits… many victim advocates who serve domestic minor sex trafficking victims report that children under their care worked in legally established SOBs before they encountered the criminal who later trafficked them.
The state already determined Sexually SOBs contribute to sexual abuse as established Business and Commerce Code:
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE CODE; TITLE 5. REGULATION OF BUSINESSES AND SERVICES; SUBTITLE C. BUSINESS OPERATIONS; CHAPTER 102. SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES; SUBCHAPTER A. RESTRICTION ON OWNERS, OPERATORS, MANAGERS, OR EMPLOYEES OF SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES: This current Texas Statute institutes a $5 fee for every entrant of a sexually oriented business to be collected by the state and deposited in the Sexual Assault Program Fund. Law enforcement organizations also attest to tight correlation between SOBs, prostitution, and drugs. It is only logical for the state to offer better protection from the predators and pitfalls associated with SOBs to people in their high school and college age years.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) determined in a 1990’s study that human brains are not well equipped to balance impulse, desire, goals, self-interest, rules, ethics, etc. until well into a person’s 20s. Instead of ignoring the science, we should protect young people from predators and life altering risky behaviors for a few more years to allow their brains to develop to its full capacity to sensibly judge the decisions with which they are faced.
David Dobbs of National Geographic in the article titled Beautiful Brains explains:
The National Institutes of Health study showed brains experience major reorganization as a part of their development between the ages of 12 and 25. The brain does not undergo demonstrable physical growth during that same period. Essentially the brain development during the adolescent years into the mid-twenties can be compared to a network upgrade. The study provides the proper medical description of how the brain actually rewires itself to become a much faster and more sophisticated organ. The increased processing speed and increased number of connections in the brain allow adults to generate and weigh far more variables and agendas than the younger brain is capable of handling. Mature brains are much better equipped to balance impulse, desire, goals, self-interest, rules, ethics, etc. That maturity enables people navigate complex situations much more sensibly. 
During this period of immaturity (particularly the ages of 15-25) the human brain seeks risk taking behaviors as a form of stimulation. That is why the 15-25 year old age group has a high death rate in almost all forms of risk related deaths. Most long term drug and alcohol abuse starts during these years. Even people who drink responsibly as adults drink to much as teens. Are teenagers just stupid? No, their brains are physically different and function differently than a mature adult brain.
There is a function for the difference between a young brain and an adult brain. The structure of a young brain is better suited to adaptability and learning new things more quickly. The structure of an adult brain is better suited to faster processing speeds of the things already known.
Patrons of SOBs must be 21 years old because alcohol is served. Yet an 18 year employee can escort a 40 year old customer into the VIP rooms where alcohol flows freely. It is widely reported and generally accepted that the VIP rooms facilitate a variety of other illegal activity.
Multiple survivors of trafficking are willing to testify about the relationship between pimps and SOB owners working in a cooperative fashion to trap employees into a life of prostitution.
Responses from a recent Rescue Houston survey of women formerly employed in strip clubs who have since excited the sex industry show:
• 77% of respondents were under the age of 21 when they began stripping
• 85% of respondents report being trafficked by a pimp
• 92% of respondents report being controlled by a pimp while employed at a strip club
• 100% respondents report witnessing illegal activity regularly occurring in VIP rooms (including prostitution, illegal drug use, and/or underage drinking)
SOBs use social media advertise to high school and college aged girls promoting an easy, care-free, rewarding, life that is a never ending party. Examples are available.
SB 1866 is currently in the Criminal Justice Committee and is awaiting a hearing, but time is running out. Please give HB 2846 a hearing! Victims deserve a chance for their voices to be heard!
Thank you for your service on the Criminal Justice Committee and for your dedication to ending human trafficking in Texas.
Sincerely,

SAMPLE LETTER OR CONVERSATION GUIDE TO COMMUNICATE WITH SENATE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

TO: Senate Criminal Justice Committee

RE: SB 1866
Dear Senator/Chairperson/Chairman __________,
As a [constituent/anti-trafficking advocate/victim of human trafficking/concerned citizen and Texas resident], I am writing to request your support for Senate Bill 1866 which makes it illegal for sexually-oriented businesses (“SOB”) to employ persons under the age of 21. SB 1866 does this by raising the age of a “child” with respect to a “sexual performance by a child” in Penal Code § 43.25.
Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOBs) are linked to trafficking. As the Texas Attorney General’s Office reported in 2013:
Concerns about the link between sexually oriented businesses and human trafficking are well-placed as both usually involve the exchange of money for some sort of commercial sex act. Likewise, both require sexual performances and produce substantial profits… many victim advocates who serve domestic minor sex trafficking victims report that children under their care worked in legally established SOBs before they encountered the criminal who later trafficked them.
The state already determined Sexually SOBs contribute to sexual abuse as established Business and Commerce Code:
BUSINESS AND COMMERCE CODE; TITLE 5. REGULATION OF BUSINESSES AND SERVICES; SUBTITLE C. BUSINESS OPERATIONS; CHAPTER 102. SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES; SUBCHAPTER A. RESTRICTION ON OWNERS, OPERATORS, MANAGERS, OR EMPLOYEES OF SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES: This current Texas Statute institutes a $5 fee for every entrant of a sexually oriented business to be collected by the state and deposited in the Sexual Assault Program Fund. Law enforcement organizations also attest to tight correlation between SOBs, prostitution, and drugs. It is only logical for the state to offer better protection from the predators and pitfalls associated with SOBs to people in their high school and college age years.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) determined in a 1990’s study that human brains are not well equipped to balance impulse, desire, goals, self-interest, rules, ethics, etc. until well into a person’s 20s. Instead of ignoring the science, we should protect young people from predators and life altering risky behaviors for a few more years to allow their brains to develop to its full capacity to sensibly judge the decisions with which they are faced.
David Dobbs of National Geographic in the article titled Beautiful Brains explains:
The National Institutes of Health study showed brains experience major reorganization as a part of their development between the ages of 12 and 25. The brain does not undergo demonstrable physical growth during that same period. Essentially the brain development during the adolescent years into the mid-twenties can be compared to a network upgrade. The study provides the proper medical description of how the brain actually rewires itself to become a much faster and more sophisticated organ. The increased processing speed and increased number of connections in the brain allow adults to generate and weigh far more variables and agendas than the younger brain is capable of handling. Mature brains are much better equipped to balance impulse, desire, goals, self-interest, rules, ethics, etc. That maturity enables people navigate complex situations much more sensibly. 
During this period of immaturity (particularly the ages of 15-25) the human brain seeks risk taking behaviors as a form of stimulation. That is why the 15-25 year old age group has a high death rate in almost all forms of risk related deaths. Most long term drug and alcohol abuse starts during these years. Even people who drink responsibly as adults drink to much as teens. Are teenagers just stupid? No, their brains are physically different and function differently than a mature adult brain.
There is a function for the difference between a young brain and an adult brain. The structure of a young brain is better suited to adaptability and learning new things more quickly. The structure of an adult brain is better suited to faster processing speeds of the things already known.
Patrons of SOBs must be 21 years old because alcohol is served. Yet an 18 year employee can escort a 40 year old customer into the VIP rooms where alcohol flows freely. It is widely reported and generally accepted that the VIP rooms facilitate a variety of other illegal activity.
Multiple survivors of trafficking are willing to testify about the relationship between pimps and SOB owners working in a cooperative fashion to trap employees into a life of prostitution.
Responses from a recent Rescue Houston survey of women formerly employed in strip clubs who have since excited the sex industry show:
• 77% of respondents were under the age of 21 when they began stripping
• 85% of respondents report being trafficked by a pimp
• 92% of respondents report being controlled by a pimp while employed at a strip club
• 100% respondents report witnessing illegal activity regularly occurring in VIP rooms (including prostitution, illegal drug use, and/or underage drinking)
SOBs use social media advertise to high school and college aged girls promoting an easy, care-free, rewarding, life that is a never ending party. Examples are available.
SB 1866 is currently in the Criminal Justice Committee and is awaiting a hearing, but time is running out. Please give SB 1866 a hearing! Victims deserve a chance for their voices to be heard!
Thank you for your service on the Criminal Justice Committee and for your dedication to ending human trafficking in Texas.
Sincerely,
 
Texas House of Representatives:

Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee Members Are:

Representative John Kuempel, Chairman
Capitol Office
Room E2.422
P.O. Box 2910 
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0602
Seguin District Office
523 E. Donegan #102 
Seguin, TX 78155 
(830) 379-8732
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Ryan Guillen
Capitol Office
Room 1W.3
P.O. Box 2910 
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0416
Southern District Office:
100 N. FM 3167, Suite 212
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
(956) 716-4838
Western District Office:
P.O. Box 689
131 West Main St.
Benavides, TX 78341
(361) 256-3970
(361) 701-9976 (cell)
Northern District Office:
1411 Bensdale Rd, Room 108
Pleasanton, TX 78064
(830) 569-4222 x1216
Eastern District Office:
700 FM 3168
Raymondville, TX 78580
(956) 689-1860
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative John Frullo
Capitol Office 
Room 4N.6
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0676 
(512) 463-0072 Fax
Lubbock District Office:
4601 50th Street, suite 216
Lubbock, TX 79414
(806) 763-2366
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Charlie Geren
Capitol Office 
Room GW.15
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0610
River Oaks District Office:
1011 Roberts Cutoff 
River Oaks, TX 76114 
(817) 738-8333
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Craig Goldman
Capitol Office 
Room E2.606
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0608
Fort Worth District Office:
4521 South Hulen Street, Suite 208
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 920-5912
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Ana Hernandez
Capitol Office 
Room 4S.3
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0614
Houston District Office:
1233 Mercury Drive 
Houston, TX 77029 
(713) 675-8596
Link to the Representative’s email address:
http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Abel Herrero
Capitol Office 
Room 4S.6
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0462 
(855) 850-0271 Toll Free
Corpus Christi District Office:
606 N. Carancahua Suite 103A
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: (361) 884-2277
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Chris Paddie
Capitol Office 
Room E2.502
P.O. Box 2910 
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0556 
(877) 839-2709 Toll Free
Marshall District Office:
102 West Houston St.
Marshall, Texas 75670
(903) 935-1141
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Representative Sefronia Thompson
Capitol Office 
Room 3S.6
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768 
(512) 463-0720
Houston District Office:
10527 Homestead Road 
Houston, TX 77016 
(713) 633-3390
Link to the Representative’s email address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/…

Texas Senate
Criminal Justice Committee Members Are:

The Honorable John Whitmire, Committee Chairman
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0345
(512) 463-0115
Houston District Office
803 Yale Street
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-8701

The Honorable Joan Huffman, Committee Vice Chair
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0117 (TEL)
Houston District Office
P.O. Box 541774
Houston, TX 77254
(281) 980-3500 (TEL)

The Honorable Brian Birdwell
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0122
Granbury District Office
1315 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 116
Granbury, TX 76048
Mallory Coon, District Manager
(817) 573-9622 (TEL)
Waco District Office
900 Austin Avenue, Suite 500
Waco, TX 76701
Shelly Verlander, District Manager
(254) 772-6225 (TEL)

The Honorable Konni Burton
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0110 (TEL)
Fort Worth District Office
933 West Weatherford Street, Suite 203
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Leigh Collins - District Director
(817) 882-8157 (TEL)

The Honorable Brandon Creighton
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0104 (TEL)
The Woodlands District Office
2829 Technology Forest, Suite 240
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
(281) 292-4128 (TEL)
Beaumont District Office
350 Pine Street, Suite 1450
Beaumont, Texas 77701
(409) 838-9861 (TEL)

The Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0106 (TEL)
Houston District Office
5425 Polk Street, Suite 125
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 923-7575 (TEL)
Houston District Office
Woodforest National Bank
13301 East Freeway, Suite 310
Houston, TX 77015
(713) 453-5100 (TEL)

The Honorable Bryan Hughes
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0101 (TEL)
Tyler District Office
100 Independence Place, Suite 301
Tyler, Texas 75703
(903) 581-1776 (TEL)
Longview District Office
Gregg County Courthouse
101 E. Methvin, Suite 301
Longview, Texas 75601
(903) 753-8137 (TEL)
Marshall District Office
115 N. Wellington, Suite 102
Marshall, Texas 75670
(903) 923-0404 (TEL)
Mineola District Office
701 N. Pacific Street
Mineola, Texas 75773
(903) 569-8880 (TEL)
Texarkana District Office
5411 Plaza Drive, Suite D
Texarkana, Texas 75503
(903) 223-7958 (TEL)

The Honorable José Menéndez
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0126 (TEL)
San Antonio District Office
(Located in Wonderland of the Americas Mall)
4522 Fredericksburg Road, A-3
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 733-6604 (TEL)
Converse District Office
601 S. Seguin Road
Converse, Texas 78109
(210) 659-9391 (TEL)

The Honorable Charles Perry 
Capital Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711 
(512) 463-0128 (TEL)
Lubbock District Office
11003 Quaker Avenue, #101
Lubbock, TX 79424
(806) 783-9934 (TEL)
District Director: Robyn Tepper
San Angelo District Office
36 West Beauregard #510
San Angelo, TX 76903
(325) 481-0028 (TEL) 
District Director: Pam Dutton
Childress District Office
119 Avenue B NW
Childress, TX 79201
(940) 937-0909 (TEL)
District Director: Jennifer Foster



*Please see next column for sample letter/conversation guide




Operation Texas Shield

PSA video with petition.

Public Service Announcement to Promote Public Awareness and Create Support for Stronger Laws Against Sex Trafficking.
Work together to help stop human trafficking in Texas.