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Human Trafficking

Pax­ton Asks Con­gress to Pro­tect and Bol­ster the Effi­cien­cy of the Nation­al Human Traf­fick­ing Hotline

In a multistate letter led by Delaware and Mississippi, Attorney General Paxton called on Congressional leaders to protect the integrity of the National Human Trafficking Hotline (“Hotline”).  

March 17, 2023 | Press Release

Paxton’s Human Traf­fick­ing and Transna­tion­al Orga­nized Crime Divi­sion Helps Secure Pun­ish­ment for Human Trafficker

Joylette Blanton, 30, of Sherman, Texas, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for Compelling Prostitution of a Minor and Trafficking of a Person, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

October 10, 2022 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Announces Ver­dict Reached in Hunt Coun­ty Human Traf­fick­ing Case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the jury has reached a verdict in a human trafficking case against Jeffrey Barret in Greenville, Texas.

February 22, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti-State Effort to Stop Amend­ments that Ben­e­fit Sex Traffickers

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multi-state letter with other attorneys general objecting to the American Law Institute (ALI) proposed amendments to the Model Penal Code (MPC). 

December 09, 2021 | Press Release

Paxton’s Human Traf­fick­ing Divi­sion Announces 99-Year Sen­tence in Hunt Coun­ty Human Traf­fick­ing Trial

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Barbara Barrett, of Greenville, has been found guilty of Continuous Trafficking of a Child in Hunt County and received a sentence of 99 years in jail.

September 23, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Applauds Supreme Court Rul­ing on Face­book; Can be Held Liable for Sex Traf­fick­ing on its Platform

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauds a recent Supreme Court of Texas ruling that Facebook can be held liable for the actions of sex traffickers who use its platform to recruit and prey on children.

July 06, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Com­mends Leg­is­la­ture for Mak­ing Texas First State to Penal­ize Buy­ing Sex with a Felony

Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement on the passing of HB 1540, the Human Trafficking Prevention Taskforce’s omnibus bill which creates a separate offense for buying sex and raises to the level of a state jail felony the penalty for buying sex from an adult.

July 01, 2021 | Noteworthy

Paxton’s Human Traf­fick­ing Unit Arrests Six in Coryell County

The Human Trafficking Unit of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Criminal Investigations Division made several noteworthy arrests in Coryell County this week.

June 30, 2021 | Press Release

Pax­ton Sues Austin Eco Bilin­gual School Founder Accused of Labor Trafficking

Attorney General Ken Paxton today sued Austin Eco Bilingual School, a Spanish immersion preschool, accusing founder Adriana Rodriguez of labor trafficking. 

May 19, 2021 | Press Release

AG Paxton’s Law Enforce­ment Round Up

April 26, 2021 | Noteworthy