Victoria County Commissioner’s sign resolution condemning human trafficking
On Monday, April 5, Commissioner's signed a resolution condemning human trafficking and smuggling
VICTORIA, Texas – During the Victoria County Commissioners’ Court meeting, commissioner’s signed a resolution condemning human trafficking.
The resolution states U.S. Border and Customs has seen a 28% increase of illegal crossings over the Southwest border.
Since January 2021, there’s been at least eight human trafficking cases and an increase in stolen vehicles said Victoria County Sheriff Justin Marr.
The Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to know how to take appropriate action, so people can feel safe in their homes.
When human trafficking is suspected in Victoria county or surrounding rural areas, the Sheriff will fill out an incident report.
If the victim of human trafficking is not a U.S. citizen, the Sheriff’s Office will hand the case over to Border Patrol.
“Most of them are released to Border Patrol. We obviously try to apprehend them. Then we deal directly with Border Patrol out of the Corpus Christi sector, ” Marr said.
Chief Deputy Will Franklin explained more on how to spot signs of human trafficking.
“The evidence or the appearance of an encampment. If the ranchers or property owners are out visiting their property or they are checking their fence. Feeding their cows or feeding their livestock. What they should notice is or be on the lookout for is empty water bottles. The wrap around a case of water. Fast food wrappers or aluminum foil like you would see a taco wrapped in or that sort of thing,” said Franklin.
Lately, heavy duty pick-up trucks are popular among criminals.
“Really, the way to prevent this is to take your keys out of the ignition. Don’t leave them in the cup holder, don’t leave them in the door. Take them inside the house. Secure your vehicle and lock your vehicle. That would go a very long way. Because there is a targeted vehicle truck and it is those heavy duty pick up trucks,” Franklin warned.
If you aren’t sure whether the suspicious criminal act is human trafficking related or not, you can still call 9-1-1 and they will further direct you.
Click on the following link to watch the meeting online or to see the resolution document: Victoria County, Texas (vctx.org)
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