AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation published the research paper Combating Transnational Human Trafficking of Migrants in the United States.

“Human trafficking affects millions of people worldwide and the United States is not immune to this barbaric practice,” said Igor Magalhaes, a fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Conditions in Mexico and the Northern Triangle—such as violence, corruption, and transnational organized crime—allows human trafficking networks to flourish. While many of the necessary measures to holistically combat transnational human trafficking of migrants require collaboration with international partners that are unable or unwilling to properly address this issue, there are several fundamental steps that the United States can take unilaterally to help mitigate the problem.”

The paper makes three recommendations for steps the United States can take to reduce the human trafficking of migrants:

  • Secure areas between ports of entry and extend checks at ports of entry. This would diminish traffickers’ ability to bring victims into the United States undetected.
  • Harden the American asylum system against abuse. This would prevent traffickers from using the American asylum system to take advantage of victims—especially children.
  • Ban sanctuary policies. This would increase cooperation between local law enforcement and federal agencies during investigation and prosecution of criminal aliens—including human traffickers—and prevent them from returning to the streets.

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