Human Trafficking: A Florida Problem

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A report from the U.S. State Department says Florida has the second highest rate of human trafficking in the country.

That trend doesn't sit well with State Representative Dennis Baxley, who wants Florida to do its part to help the victims and federal authorities.

BAXLEY: Connecting them to the federal prosecutors and the federal assistance which avails to people who are in these settings. They're dependent on local officials detecting and reporting those cases to federal prosecutors.

The Ocala Republican is asking the state legislature for $150,000 to fund statewide education on human trafficking.

BAXLEY: So that once we had a body of funds available for a subject then usually people would have a grant process to apply to do that type of work.

The program would be administered by third party non-profit organizations.

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