|May 2, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi praises the Legislature for their passage of House Bill 7141, which will provide much needed care options for human trafficking victims. Human trafficking enslaves children, women and men, and Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline. Attorney General Bondi continues to develop a comprehensive approach in tackling human trafficking in Florida, and this legislation will further advance her mission by, among other things, establishing a Statewide Council on Human Trafficking within the Attorney General’s Office, which she will chair.
“The average age that Americans are first used for commercial sex is 12 to14, and we must do everything in our power to identify and help victims of trafficking. I thank the Senate and the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will enhance efforts already underway to ensure that victims of human trafficking can voluntarily reside in a caring environment that allows them to feel safe while receiving much needed care,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The legislation establishes a comprehensive approach for the certification and funding of safe houses. It also requires the adoption of screening tools to help in the identification of victims and requires those working with victims to provide appropriate specialized care. Lastly, it calls for a study on sexual exploitation of children in Florida.
To read more about Attorney General Bondi’s efforts to stop human trafficking, follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/AF860EB7606CF92D85257A7D00458CD7