State Officials To Discuss Human Trafficking

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LA JOYA, Texas - State health and law enforcement officials are to testify about human trafficking before a panel of state lawmakers in South Texas.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and Dr. Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission, are among those expected to appear Thursday before the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking.

Human trafficking concerns the movement of people for purposes of exploitation, often sexual- or labor-related.

Witnesses will discuss ways to combat human trafficking and services currently available in Texas for its victims, who may be U.S. citizens or immigrants smuggled into the country illegally.

The joint committee is made up state senators and representatives.