Parents push for more laws to crack down on sex slavery in Texas

Speaking at schools and pushing for seven bills in Austin, local parents are joining together to help fight against sex trafficking and sex slavery.

HOUSTON - A young woman is behind bars and is accused of forcing a 14-year old girl into sexual slavery.

It's a nightmare too many girls suffer.

"It's happening more and more, and this is good families this is happening too,” said Jennifer Hohman, a community activist.

Hohman is a mom who never imagined she would know three families impacted by the sex trade.

"If it can happen to them, it can happen to you," said Hohman.

On Friday, we learned Denise Cornado, 19, allegedly forced a 14-year-old girl to have sex with more than two dozen men in a Houston motel.

"There was trouble lurking out there, we had no idea how bad it is,” said John Clark, a father who told KHOU 11 last year his loved one was lured too.

"Now I'm not shocked, six months ago it would have thrown me to the floor, I would have never believed you,” said Hohman.

Now, these parents are joining together.

Speaking at schools and pushing for seven bills in Austin. One would make it illegal for sexually oriented businesses to hire employees under 21.

Right now, they can hire at 18.

"You have to be 21 years of age to go into these establishments, you have to be 21 to drink, but you don't have to be 21 to expose your body.” said Hohman.

To find out more about the proposed legislation, click here.

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