human trafficking

Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi says the law she pushed to crack down on human trafficking is working. Bondi is adding a human trafficking page to her website to show how the state is fighting it.

Bondi says she’s very excited about the results of the state’s human trafficking crackdown after a tougher law went into effect on July 1. Trafficking refers to the crime of moving and enslaving people against their will, often for sex work.  

Florida is a hub for human trafficking, or moving people against their will to be slaves or sex workers. The Florida State Attorney’s Office, law enforcement officers from across the state and Georgia, and several nonprofit groups are meeting this weekend in Tallahassee to learn how to identify victims and fight against traffickers.

The Salvation Army Corp of Tallahassee is sponsoring the seminar because, the group’s Julie Smith says, more than 24,000 people in the U.S. are here against their will. Many of them come through Miami and end up all over Florida, she says.

Capital Report: 02-08-2012

Feb 8, 2012

Today’s (Wednesday’s) Florida House Session was a marathon.  Tom Flanigan reports members kicked things off promptly at a quarter-til-eleven in the morning and were scheduled to plow through the budget process until seven in the evening….


House lawmakers spent more time on some issues than others…

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Wednesday renewed a push for legislation to  end slavery. James Call reports, Bondi says she wants to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking.

Law enforcement says Florida is a gateway for human trafficking, ranking behind New York and Los Angeles. The FBI lists Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville among the top 13 metropolitan areas for the sex trafficking of children.