Texas

The Republic of Texas achieved its independence from Mexico in 1836, the same year as the famous siege of the Alamo in which pioneers Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett were slain. The “Lone Star State” was the 28th state to join the Union, admitted in 1845. The name Texas is a Spanish name, which comes from an Indian word meaning “friends” or “allies.” Texas is the second-largest state in the Union in area, after Alaska. Although it has a wild, frontier history, today Texas is a major producer of oil and has important centers of industry and finance. A Texas state historian has said that the state flower, the bluebonnet, “is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland.”

Prisoners Ghislaine Maxwell & Josh Duggar Ending Thanksgiving With PB&J, Convicted Sex Creep R. Kelly Gets Lasagna
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Prisoners Ghislaine Maxwell & Josh Duggar Ending Thanksgiving With PB&J, Convicted Sex Creep R. Kelly Gets Lasagna

Ghislaine Maxwell, Josh Duggar, and R. Kelly are spending Thanksgiving behind bars, but the convicted criminals won’t be eating the same holiday dinners. While notorious vegan Maxwell, 60, and Duggar, 34, will end their night with plain ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, RadarOnline.comhas discovered singer-turned-imprisoned sex pest R. Kelly will get lasagna. RadarOnline.com obtained…

31 charges filed, 9 suspects identified in human trafficking sting in Fort Bend County, DA says
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31 charges filed, 9 suspects identified in human trafficking sting in Fort Bend County, DA says

RICHMOND, Texas – Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office made an announcement Monday about county officials’ fight to end human trafficking. According to FBCDA’s office, officials collaborated with the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance and partnering agencies to conduct two multi-day proactive operations in August and September of 2022. In total, the operations resulted in 31…

Human Smuggler Sentenced Following Migrant Death
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Human Smuggler Sentenced Following Migrant Death

MIDLAND, Texas – A Guatemalan national man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for immigration crimes. According to court documents, Mario Rigoberto Diego-Esteban, aka “Lentes,” 26, was sentenced following his guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry after deportation and one count of transporting undocumented migrants for commercial advantage and private financial…

Four States Vote to Ban Prison Labor and the “Slavery Loophole”
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Four States Vote to Ban Prison Labor and the “Slavery Loophole”

In the lead up to the election, pundits strained themselves bending over backwards to claim that Democrats’ focus on so-called “social issues” leaves them out of touch from the everyday concerns “ordinary” people deal with. But surprise: The results of the 2022 midterms prove otherwise. All five states with abortion on the ballot—California, Michigan, Vermont,…

Human Trafficking Prevention at American Airlines
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Human Trafficking Prevention at American Airlines

Northampton, MA –News Direct– American Airlines American has become an industry leader in combating human trafficking and child exploitation. We have mandatory human trafficking awareness training for our frontline, customer-facing team members — including flight attendants, pilots and airport customer service representatives — as well as for team members with international purchasing responsibilities. This training…

Officials, advocates spread awareness of human trafficking in Houston and its airports
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Officials, advocates spread awareness of human trafficking in Houston and its airports

Key figures and experts from across the Houston metropolitan area addressed human trafficking prevention and protection Nov. 4 at the Lone Star Flight Museum. The event brought a variety of organizations together that provide resources to prevent the crime and provide support for its survivors. Some of the organizations include Unbound Now, Bay Area Turning…

Prison-Labor Bans Are About Unions More Than ‘Slavery’
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Prison-Labor Bans Are About Unions More Than ‘Slavery’

What I learned working in the correctional kitchen for 75 cents a day. I worked in York Correctional Institution’s kitchen for five years. I earned 75 cents a day for the first year, then got a raise to $1.75 a day. That job is the reason I’m alive. The work was menial, but it provided…

Rookie Central Texas cop wins international award after rescuing human trafficking victims
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Rookie Central Texas cop wins international award after rescuing human trafficking victims

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A rookie cop from a small Central Texas town has won an international first responder’s award for his role in a traffic stop that resulted in rescuing nine victims of human trafficking. Jordan Williams, 28, has only been a police officer with the Valley Mills Police Department since December of 2021,…

A look inside the North Texas safe house for male sex trafficking victims, the first in the country
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A look inside the North Texas safe house for male sex trafficking victims, the first in the country

Chapter 1: ‘There are others’ “It happens more than often.” He’s sitting on a stool, tapping his fingers on his knee. He’s asked not to be identified, but he wants to tell his story.    He’s 27 and has been living at Bob’s House of Hope for a few months. “It really allows you to…