Slavery

Rep. Kionne McGhee in 2015.
Mark Foley via FL House website / Florida House of Representatives

The Florida House passed a measure calling for the state to create a slavery memorial. Bill sponsor Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee said he’s hopeful Senate will agree to hear it on the floor.

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: 02-10-2012

Feb 10, 2012

Battle lines are being drawn in Florida. Democrats filed a lawsuit against a congressional redistricting map immediately after it was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature.  The Democrats contend that map and ones approved for the Florida House and Senate    violate new anti-gerrymandering standards. And James Call tells us, they and non-partisan groups that worked to pass the new law say the maps are attempts to circumvent the law and manipulate the political process.