Human traffickers in Houston, Texas who targeted teenage girls, and were tried and convicted in court, have had all of their property confiscated and sold. The traffickers owned homes, restaurants, and other properties. The state of Texas took $600,000 from the sale and has awarded it in an even split to five victims. It will be used for medical expenses, counseling, and education for the victims.
The award became possible due to a federal law passed 12 years ago allowing for human trafficking victims to be compensated from the property of their perpetrators.
Source: Stuart Shepard. Trafficking Victims Given Proceeds From Property Sales. CitizenLink.com. April 20, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–