Human trafficking is a terrible and tragic industry, affecting every community across the country. Since 2012, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has seen yearly increases in reported cases, rising to 8,524 in 2017. Even so, this is a small fraction of the total estimated cases of human trafficking and exploitation that occur in our country every year.
Ted Cruz, a Republican, is the junior senator from Texas and lives in Houston with his wife, Heidi, and two daughters. He served as Texas solicitor general from 2003 to 2008.