|April 22, 2014
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 7141. The bill not only enhances the care provided to victims of human trafficking, but also it establishes a Statewide Council of Human Trafficking within the Attorney General’s Office, which Attorney General Pam Bondi will chair.
“Human trafficking is an abhorrent crime against children, women and men, and for the past several years, we have implemented an all-hands-on-deck approach to eradicating human trafficking in Florida. I thank the House of Representatives and bill sponsor Representative Gayle Harrell for their support of this legislation. The Statewide Council of Human Trafficking, which will be housed in my office, will coordinate and enhance efforts to fight sex trafficking and support victims. I believe the best way to help victims of human trafficking is to ensure that they can voluntarily reside in a caring environment that allows them to feel safe while receiving much-needed care. This legislation builds upon the hard work done by Representative Erik Fresen two years ago,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
To read more about Attorney General Pam Bondi’s efforts to stop human trafficking, follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/AF860EB7606CF92D85257A7D00458CD7