|May 7, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that she has partnered with representatives of various industries throughout Florida in an effort to stop human trafficking. The business associations will be sharing the online toolkit that Attorney General Bondi has launched to help their members create their own policies and internal training sessions to end human trafficking, a $32 billion industry that exploits children, women and men. Additionally, the businesses will be working with the Attorney General Bondi’s office and Terry Coonan, with Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, to develop industry-specific sessions intended to further assist businesses with creating their own anti-human trafficking plans. In 2011, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center ranked Florida third in the number of calls received by the national hotline, and Attorney General Bondi is dedicated to making Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking.
“Florida’s businesses are uniquely positioned to help end human trafficking in our state. By partnering with businesses spanning a wide array of industries, we can enlist their help to be Florida’s eyes and ears to reporter and end suspected trafficking,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The associations listed below joined Attorney General Bondi today in this initiative, and the Attorney General’s Office anticipates working with additional associations and business groups moving forward.
· Associated Industries of Florida
· Florida Chamber Foundation
· Florida Petroleum Council
· Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
· Florida Retail Federation
· Florida Trucking Association
To learn more about Attorney General Bondi’s efforts to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, visit MyFloridaLegal.com and click on the human trafficking banner. Suspected cases of human trafficking should be reported to local law enforcement or 1-800-96-ABUSE.