Lawmakers cut a $3 million initiative to help victims of sex trafficking, ending child welfare advocates' hopes that 2017 would be the year they would finally see funds set aside to help children who had been sold for sex.
“Gospel would primarily drop her off at the Bellagio,” the report reads.She “was not allowed to leave and unsure of her exact location,” according to a Metropolitan Police Department arrest report obtained Friday.Police then traced the girl’s phone to the Motel 6 at 195 E. The girl, a reported runaway, told police she met Gospel in California in 2016.The Texas Tribune examined the issue closely in a February series. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, would have rerouted $3 million from the governor’s homeland security budget and directed it to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to help trafficking victims receive “necessary services,” though it did not specify which ones. But that proposal did not survive budget negotiations between the House and Senate, whose spending priorities contained significant differences.Lawmakers on a conference committee met privately to reconcile those differences and prioritize which public programs to fund.Hotel officials will run their own entertainment operation there starting in June.
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with sex trafficking of a child after a 17-year-old California runaway was rescued by a Las Vegas police task force this week.
According to assistant manager Donna Summers, the caller identified himself as a policeman, "officer Scott." The caller gave Summers a vague description of a slightly-built young white woman with dark hair, who was suspected of theft.
A strip search is a practice of searching a person for weapons or other contraband suspected of being hidden on their body or inside their clothing, and not found by performing a frisk search, by requiring the person to remove some or all of his or her clothing.
Hinojosa said she had not received an explanation from the conference committee about why the funding was stripped. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, led the committee’s negotiations over health and human services spending.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” she said in a brief interview on the House floor. Neither responded to a request for comment on the funding cuts.
He would provide a description of the suspect, which the manager would recognize, and he would then ask the manager to search the suspected woman.