Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and a number of state officials and stakeholders kicked off a two-day Human Trafficking Summit in Tampa Thursday.
Over the years, Florida lawmakers have put measures in place as part of the ongoing fight to combat human trafficking. And, Bondi says there are other similar efforts across the state that are helping prevent what’s been called the “modern-day slavery.” But, she says there’s still much to do.
“We have got save these victims, and we have got to with all these great organizations out there, we have got to have a place where they can be safe, because we know, not only do they need medical treatment, they need the psychological treatment, many of them are babies having babies, they need the drug addiction [treatment]—they’re all addicted to drugs, many of these women—some of them you’ll hear from over the next two days,” she said, during opening remarks.
Bondi is the head of the 15-member Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, which is hosting the Tampa summit. Florida ranks third in the nation in calls to the national human trafficking hotline.
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