Uvalde County is located in south-central Texas, and has a population of roughly 27,000. Its county seat is the city of Uvalde. In 2017, the Texas Attorney General announced that the Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) of his office arrested a 48-year-old resident of Uvalde on a warrant for Compelling Prostitution. The suspect’s case was referred to the attorney general’s office after a 15-year-old girl was rescued from domestic sex trafficking. During an interview with law enforcement officials, the man confessed to committing the act of prostitution, and HTU investigators discovered that the person he paid to have sex with was the 15-year-old victim in their investigation. Compelling prostitution is committed when a person knowingly causes another by force, threat or fraud to commit prostitution, but also occurs when a person causes, by any means, a child younger than 18 to commit prostitution regardless of whether the actor knew the age of the victim when the offense occurred. The AG’s Human Trafficking Unit collaborates with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to rescue individuals who are victims of labor and sex trafficking.
- Texas Attorney General’s Office
- Human Trafficking Unit
- https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/es/node/8176 (2017)
- https://www.eaglepasstexasnews.com/Attorney-Generals-office-arrests-Uvalde-man-in-sex-trafficking-case (2017)