Tougher laws pushed to clamp down on child sex trafficking
By Michelle Mondo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas must strengthen its laws and local officials must focus on prosecuting those who pay for sex with minors to curb child sex trafficking, according to a report released by Shared Hope International, a nonprofit group that works to rescue sexually exploited children and women.
The organization Tuesday officially released findings of an assessment conducted this year to study the region's success in identifying victims of domestic minor sex trafficking, or DMST, and providing access to services for those victims.
Vickie Ernst, the chief operating officer of ChildSafe, said the goal is to “restore dignity, trust and hope to sexually abused children.”