Thursday, February 14, 2013
Deondre J. Jenkins
According to SIU investigators, Jenkins transported the 16-year-old trafficking victim to Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Further, he used online advertisements to solicit paid sexual encounters with the girl. After tracing Jenkins’ most recent online advertisement to Milwaukee, Wis., SIU officers with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety contacted the Milwaukee Police Department. Based on the information provided by Texas law enforcement officials, Milwaukee police officers successfully located the victim and took her into protective custody. Travis County Sheriff’s Department authorities transported her back to Austin.
Jenkins was arrested Wednesday shortly after he returned to Texas. The defendant is charged with one count of trafficking a child for sexual purpose, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. Jenkins is currently incarcerated at the Travis County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.
In 2009, the State of Texas took major steps to fight human trafficking by creating the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force. Attorney General Abbott chairs the Task Force, which just issued its 2012 Texas Response to Human Trafficking report. On Feb. 12, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Senfronia Thompson introduced new legislation that combined all of the recommendations presented in the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force’s report.
For more information about the Office of the Attorney General’s battle against human trafficking and a copy of the 2012 report, visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.