John Frullo Files Bill to Stop Child Abuctions in Texas
One of Lubbock’s representatives in Austin has filed a bill to fight child exploitation.
State Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) filed House Bill 1677 which aims to provide law enforcement with more information necessary to protect children from abduction.
There is currently no single uniformed process exists in Texas for submitting reports of attempted child abduction.
HB 1677 would create a system for all law enforcement agencies in the state to report instances of child abduction.
The system will alert law enforcement agencies and the public of potential dangers in the community.
"As I continued my work to protect our state's children against predators throughout the interim, I was stunned to learn how often child abductions are attempted in Texas," Frullo said.
"A big defense against these unthinkable acts is quick access to information. My bill will give law enforcement officers access to needed information about abductions across the state."
HB 1677 will also help agencies to better identify children that habitually go missing by creating a flagging system to curb domestic minor sex trafficking.
It is estimated that 100,000 children are exploited in prostitution each year and chronic runaways are susceptible to becoming victims in this crime.
Frullo authored Alicia’s Law during the 82nd Legislative Session to give the Texas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces tools to go after child predators.