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Fighting human trafficking is one of the top issues for U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh.
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Florida will soon strike up a so-called "John’s Registry" for people convicted of soliciting prostitution. It’s part of an effort to combat human and sex trafficking. The database has been endorsed by law enforcement who see it as a way to shame people who pay for sex, but some victim advocates worry it could sweep up people who’ve been trafficked themselves.

Savannah Parvu endured more than a decade of sexual abuse starting from when she was a child. Today, she's an advocate for survivors
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Florida ranks among the top states for human trafficking and while there are no accurate figures as to the number of people involved in sex trafficking, experts say the state has a problem. But there are ways to mitigate it and the legislature appears keep on enacting most of them.

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Sex trafficking survivors and their advocates are divided on a measure aimed at identifying victims. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal requires hotel staff and law enforcement officers undergo training to recognize trafficking and for hotel workers to report potential cases.

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January is designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. A recent case of trafficking in Leon County is prompting organizations to bring awareness to the issue.

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Momentum has stalled for a bill that would have allowed human trafficking victims to sue hotels that do not take action and train employees to prevent such atrocities. The measure’s sponsor isn’t saying why she pulled the plan.

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A bill that would allow sex-trafficking survivors to sue hotels that turn a blind eye to their abuse is moving in the Florida Senate. Some lawmakers worry that Senate Bill 1044 would create a new area of the law – or grounds for fraud.  Monday the testimony of four survivors moved the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs to a unanimous vote in favor of the measure.

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The month of January is dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking. But, the Florida House and the Senate want to make awareness a year round effort.

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As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders are coming together to make sure Floridians know what to look for to help combat the modern day slavery practice.

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This month is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and there are ways local residents can help combat the modern slavery practice.

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State Representative Ross Spano is the latest Republican to enter the 2018 race for Florida Attorney General.

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An organization that deals a lot with human trafficked kids says it’s important to go into the schools and educate potential victims early about traffickers.

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Bills aimed at making it easier for human trafficking victims to sue their traffickers have passed a House committee.

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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.

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A bill aimed at teaching Florida students about the dangers of human trafficking passed its first Senate panel Monday.

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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.

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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.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi kicked off this year’s Human Trafficking Summit Monday in Orlando.

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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.

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While Florida’s fight against human trafficking is far from over, officials say one tool is helping combat the modern-slavery practice.

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A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews.

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A bill building on Florida’s anti-human trafficking efforts is now heading to both the House and Senate floors.

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A bill requiring Florida schools to teach about the dangers of human trafficking is starting to advance in the Senate.

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Bills to help some of the state’s most vulnerable Floridians as well as youthful offenders have passed their first Senate committee.

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The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says her agency is doing its part to help make sure released inmates aren’t targeted by potential human traffickers.

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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.

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