While we are disheartened by the cancellation of the summit, we are encouraged by the response from our partners in the fight to end human trafficking. The resolve of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, survivors, community leaders and service providers is as strong as ever; and we are gaining ground toward our goal of making Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking.
In 2012, I worked with the state legislature to strengthen Florida’s laws against human trafficking. Since then, the number of cases and investigations by my Office of Statewide Prosecution has increased substantially and using the new statute hundreds more are being pursued by Florida’s 20 State Attorney’s Offices and the three United States Attorney’s Offices in Florida.
We know we cannot win this fight alone, and I am proud to work alongside amazing prosecutors and brave law enforcement officers, as well as, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Department of Children and Families, community leaders and survivors.
Besides putting traffickers behind bars where they belong, working together we have improved training for law enforcement, developed victim recognition tools for service providers, raised awareness for parents and partnered with organizations to help end this horrific crime.
Though the goal is lofty and the task is difficult, we will continue to fight for victims of human trafficking, because saving even one life from this form of modern day slavery is worth the fight.
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