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Crime Governor Greg Abbott Pardons Human Trafficking Survivor Robbie Ann Hamilton, Lured Into Sex Trade As Teen

23:16  14 january  2020
23:16  14 january  2020 Source:   dfw.cbslocal.com

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AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott has pardoned a human trafficking survivor.

a close up of a couple of people posing for the camera: Some of Robbie Ann Hamilton’s Dallas County Jail mugshots from 2002-2003. © Provided by CBS Dallas Some of Robbie Ann Hamilton’s Dallas County Jail mugshots from 2002-2003.

Governor Abbott’s Office said Robbie Ann Hamilton was lured into sex and human trafficking when she was around 15 years old.

“From there, her life took a downward spiral that included some petty crimes—none of which involved harming or endangering the life or safety of another person,” the statement said.

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Governor Abbott explained the pardon was not just about Hamilton, but also sends a message to all victims of human trafficking that there is a “path to redemption.”

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Dallas resident Robbie Hamilton , a survivor of sex trafficking , was pardoned by Gov. Hamilton , who fell into a life of sex trafficking , homelessness and drugs as a teenager , was pardoned The pardon was issued on Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Hamilton committed some petty crimes

“One of the surest signals of our commitment to helping victims of human trafficking is to show there is a true path to redemption for those victims. A way to demonstrate that is a gubernatorial pardon, for those who have truly escaped trafficking, for the crimes they may have committed while under the grips of traffickers,” the Governor said in a statement.

The Governor said while in jail, Hamilton, now 57, had a “come to Jesus” moment.

“She begged God to help her quit drugs and the sex industry. She was baptized in jail and spent rehab getting to know the Bible and Jesus. She participated with groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and New Friends New Life, a human and sex trafficking victim relief organization. She reoriented her life toward helping homeless addicts in street ministries and doing other rehabilitation efforts.”

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Greg Abbott issued a full pardon to Robbie Ann Hamilton . Robbie is someone who will be familiar The resident of Richardson was a victim of human trafficking who committed a few petty crimes Through this offer of mercy, the governor has also signaled to every victim of sex trafficking that

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Eight letters were submitted to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in support of a full pardon.

No person or law enforcement agency submitted any letter in opposition to a pardon for Hamilton.

“The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole voted unanimously to pardon Robbie. I agree,” said Governor Abbott. “She is a testament to the principle that our lives are not defined by how we are challenged. Rather they are defined by how we respond to those challenges. Robbie demonstrated internal fortitude to turn her life away from being a victim of human and sex trafficking and toward a life of redemption and improving her community. Her example is to be applauded and replicated. As Governor of Texas, I hereby grant Robbie Ann Hamilton a full pardon consistent with the recommendation issued by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.”

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