The Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court approved two measures to help the county fight one of its bigger criminal problems: human trafficking.
Commissioners approved grant funding in the amount of over $308,000 for the Human Trafficking Investigation and Prosecution Project. The grant will help the county to fund two new positions in the county: a criminal investigative analyst and a criminal investigator.
In January 2019, the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office made fighting human trafficking a priority. In 2019, 32 cases were filed against those designated of sellers of prostitution, an increase of 23 cases in 2018. Only 27 of those case were prosecuted, an increase of 18 from the previous year.
Also, commissioners approved a donation from a Fort Bend County citizen to the Fort Bend County Human Trafficking Task Force.
Jack Perry of Katy donated $1,000 to the task force so that it can be used to print palm-sized outreach cards that all of the county departments could distribute to residents and victims who seek help.
“The goal of distributing these cards is to raise awareness of this important issue and empower victims caught in the vicious cycle of trafficking to seek help,” Perry wrote in his letter.
The Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court approved the donation at Tuesday’s meeting. The vote was unanimous, 4-0. Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers was absent from the meeting as he was recovering from cataract surgery.
“I would like to thank Jack Perry for committing to fight the evil that is human trafficking,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at the meeting.
“This is an issue that Fort Bend County is committed to fighting and we look forward to working with all the community partners to increase awareness to go after these criminals. We also support victims to the fullest extent possible.”