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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery; be it for commercialized sexual or labor exploitation.  This crime does not have a static profile.  It affects children, adults, US Citizens, residents, and foreign nationals alike.  More specifically, it affects Florida’s most vulnerable population:  children.  From January to October 2012, 546 Florida children were reported as potential victims of human trafficking to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Florida Abuse Hotline and more than 184 US trafficked minors have received services through DCF.  Florida has passed legislation that provides greater penalties for perpetrators of child sex trafficking and helps protect exploited children.  The Department of Children and Families, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Agency for Persons with Disabilities are committed to continuing to work with the Legislature and the Attorney General to address this growing problem in our state.


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