When the long-term foster care system fails them, many children turn to the underground sex industry, where pimps promise them security and affection.
State leaders pour a lot of energy into anti-sex-trafficking rhetoric, but most of their focus has been on convicting pimps, not rehabilitating their prey.
Three convicted traffickers describe the power they wield over victims and the attractions of what they call “the lifestyle.”
One faces criminal convictions for ambulance-chasing and the possibility of a year in jail. Another announced her resignation from her seat after being investigated by state auditors and the Texas Rangers.
A new legal filing has put Texas leaders in a delicate position of conceding problems in foster care but arguing against a federal judge’s proposed reforms.
Health workers hoped Texas might be awarded $1 million to buy an anti-overdose drug, but State officials never submitted the grant application.
The chairman of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee and other high-ranking Republicans on Tuesday expressed little interest in expanding publicly funded insurance coverage to low-income Texans, suggesting the issue is unlikely to gain traction when the state Legislature convenes in January.
No matter which way you count, the number of Texas women dying after they have babies or unsuccessful pregnancies is on the rise.
The roughly 1.3 million Texans who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will likely have fewer, more expensive coverage options in 2017, as health plans continue to announce they will no longer sell their products in Texas.
Texas has seen an “unusual,” dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy-related causes in the last five years, according to a new study.