March 19

Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Fort Bend Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers and U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), joined the FBI on Monday for a briefing on human trafficking offenses in Fort Bend County.

“Human trafficking preys on the most vulnerable in our society and is a gruesome form of modern day slavery,” George said.

“Human trafficking is a growing threat to our community.”

That’s why George and Rep. Olson are developing a task force to investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking throughout Fort Bend County, he said.

“The Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office will do everything within its power to combat human trafficking in the county,” Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton said.

“Human traffickers are skilled at avoiding detection and intimidating their victims. Our battle against human trafficking requires well trained officers and prosecutors as we well as collaboration with community members. We are committed to working with all agencies and the community to end human trafficking in Fort Bend County.”

George said combatting human trafficking is a team effort.

“I recognize that human trafficking is serious and widespread threat that must be tackled by every level of government,” he said.

“That’s why I was proud to convene and partner with our local officials like District Attorney Brian Middleton and our federal counterparts in Congressman Olson and the FBI.

“We will continue doing everything in our power to pursue the criminals behind this dehumanizing industry. Our human trafficking taskforce will work tirelessly to identify and act decisively in saving victims lives- ensuring a better future free of victimization.”

Meyers agreed.

“As a board member of Childproof America, an organization dedicated to anti-human trafficking efforts, I’ve made it a priority to combat this issue head on. My office is currently working with our state legislature, with state Reps. John Zerwas and Rick Miller, and state Sens. Joan Huffman and Lois Kolkhorst to get funding appropriated that will train prosecutors, law enforcement, and school leadership on identifying at-risk students.

“As the co-chair of the House Victims’ Rights Caucus, I’m committed to serving as a voice for victims of human trafficking,” Rep. Pete Olson said.

“As a rising number of traffickers bring their innocent victims through the I-10 corridor, we have a moral obligation to stop these crimes before they happen and save precious lives.

“The information provided by the FBI was an important step to determine effective ways local communities and the federal government can proactively address human trafficking and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”