Gov. Greg Abbott signed the measure Thursday that requires training for truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators on recognizing signs of human trafficking, which currently affects more than 300,000 victims in the state, according to a recent study. Under the new law, applicants for a commercial driver’s license will receive information about how to identify signs of human trafficking and how to report it, while public junior colleges and private career schools and colleges that offer commercial driving programs must include “education and training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking.” The new legislation to train commercial drivers, which took effect immediately, follows similar efforts at promoting human trafficking education to members of other professions, including law enforcement, education and social services. According to researchers, there are at least 313,000 current victims of human trafficking in Texas, including 79,000 youths forced into prostitution or other types of sex trafficking.
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