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Statewide Council on Human Trafficking to Hold First Meeting

 
Statewide Council on Human Trafficking to Hold First Meeting
Posted August 18th, 2014 @ 5:38am

Cops, prosecutors, lawmakers and social service experts are all joining forces in Tallahassee today to try and combat human trafficking.

Because of her efforts to put a strangle hold on modern-day slavery, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is one of 15-people appointed to the Statewide Council of Human Trafficking.

Officials with the Attorney General's Office say both sex and labor trafficking are alive and well in Florida.

In fact, Florida ranks third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline.

No one knows exactly how many people have been forced into prostitution or involuntary servitude, but nationwide the number is estimated at two and a half million.

The goal of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking is to make recommendations on how to better catch human traffickers and to offer better support for their victims.

Its first meeting is this afternoon.

 

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