Human Trafficking

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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.

Florida officials say the number of human trafficking cases have increased more than 50 percent in the state from the previous year.


Between 70,000 and 100,000 visitors are expected for the upcoming National College Football Championship and activities in Tampa, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is hoping to educate them and local residents about the signs of human trafficking.

 

Florida is among the worst states for women living in poverty. A report out this month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance finds 41.5 percent of single women with children are in poverty in our state.

 

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