Human Trafficking

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When a person is arrested, and Florida's state attorneys are determining how to proceed with a case, it becomes a critical time during which victims of human trafficking can be identified and helped. Identifying victims among the arrested can not only get them help, but possibly lead to the arrest of those who are exploiting them.

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

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Hundreds of cases of human trafficking are reported in Florida every year, and a new report from 2016 shows the number of human trafficking cases in the state doubled in the last year.

The vast majority of trafficked persons in Florida are young women, and sex trafficking is the most common form of human trafficking in the state, according to a report from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families.

Northeast Florida State Attorney Melissa Nelson announced Tuesday her office is creating a new division to go after human traffickers on the First Coast.

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