Mr. Speaker, It is said that there is no need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

That’s a father’s job. But recently, a Texas father arrogantly ignored all of his responsibilities.

Instead, he forcibly sex trafficked his teenage daughter. In the milky darkness of night, he would take her to truck stops and coerce her to have sex – so he could pocket the filthy lucre.

The 16-year-old was sold to multiple customers in a single night. Each dollar he collected was taken at the stolen expense of her innocence and childhood.

His evil and greed were so boundless that this so-called father placed ads to sell his daughter. He sold her on the marketplace of sex trafficking.

But the girl was rescued.The defendant was convicted and put in the deepest bowels of a Texas prison.

America cannot turn our backs on this scourge of sex slavery. Mr. Speaker, our children, our daughters are not for sale.

And that’s just the way it is.