The Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 72 on Wednesday, which would create the Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinating Council.

The members of the council will include all state agencies that receive an appropriation to address human trafficking.

"Human trafficking is a scourge on our society, and we have to end this epidemic once and for all," said Senator Jane Nelson. "This bill will ensure that state resources are being maximized and that agencies are working together to root out traffickers and help victims."

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SB 72 would direct the council to develop a strategic plan to help agencies work together to fight human trafficking.

In a release by Senator Nelson, human trafficking is an illegal enterprise that victimizes more than 300,000 people in Texas every year.

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