Continuous Trafficking of Persons

Chapter 20a of the Texas Penal Code places restrictions on the trafficking of persons.

“Continuous Trafficking of Persons”, as per §20a.03 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person engages in two or more offenses constituting “Trafficking of Persons” during a time period which is 30 days or more in duration.

Continuous trafficking of persons is a first degree felony and carries with it a term of imprisonment ranging from 25-99 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Punishment Range

First Degree Felony

  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for life, or
  • Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 99 years or less than five years with the exception of aggravated sexual assault, which adds a 25-year minimum punishment if the victim is younger than 6, or younger than 14 and the offense contained threats of serious bodily injury or death, or use of a deadly weapon
  • In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000

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