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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 (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott agreed with a unanimous vote from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant a sex trafficking survivor a pardon . News of the pardon for Robbie Ann Hamilton comes on Jan. 11, Human Trafficking Awareness Day in America. “ Hamilton has been a

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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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“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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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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ST. PETERSBURG -- Police Chief Anthony Holloway knew that human trafficking was a problem across the United States. But what really drove the point home was the plight of two teenage boys, one of them sexually abused for nearly a year by four men who imprisoned him inside a squalid St. Petersburg mobile home. A year after seven adults were charged in the case, the St. Petersburg Police Department is taking the lead in a new six-county regional task force to take on human trafficking. Funded through a $742,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force will work to catch traffickers and help victims.

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