Bills aimed at fixing a glitch in a Florida law have cleared their first legislative committees in the House and Senate. The two measures could get more pro bono attorneys to help kids with special needs.
As Florida continues to work to combat human trafficking, some experts say working to make sure everyone recognizes the signs is important. But, equally important is going after the so-called “johns” themselves.
Florida officials are expressing their condolences at the loss of life during the latest worst mass shooting in modern American history. Sunday night’s Las Vegas Shooting has left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.
Florida’s U.S. Senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, joined 18 other Congressional colleagues in filing bipartisan legislation crack down on websites, which knowingly facilitate online sex trafficking. They’re targeting one website in particular.
A state lawmaker wants Florida schools to include the dangers of human trafficking in their health education curriculum. That's on top of other statewide efforts to help fight the modern day slavery practice.
As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking is holding multiple events this month to help combat the modern day slavery practice. That includes a Thursday seminar for the area’s health care professionals.
Local artists have until midnight Friday to submit their entries for a human trafficking awareness contest. It’s hosted by the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Robin Hassler Thompson is a member of the coalition.
There are a lot more boys who are victims of human trafficking than previously thought in Florida. That’s according to Bethany Gilot, the statewide human trafficking director of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She says it’s because the disclosure rate among boys is extremely low.
The head of Florida’s child welfare agency is defending a human trafficking tool used by his agency and some others. His remarks follow a report released months ago that questions the tool’s effectiveness.