TAMPA — Before a crowded auditorium of University of South Florida students, Gov. Rick Scott spoke of the alarming scourge of human trafficking on the Sunshine State. He cited data, including the oft-repeated statistic that Florida ranks third in the nation in cases of human trafficking. It is a unique problem, the governor said, one that demands the wrath of aggressive legislation and enforcement.
”You just can’t imagine how anybody does this to another human being,” he said.
Scott led a queue of state law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Pam Bondi, and others who on Thursday morning kicked off the annual Human Trafficking Summit at USF’s Marshall Student Center.
The governor noted efforts the state has already made to fight the problem, including the signing earlier this year of two bills focusing on human trafficking. The new laws will, among other things, allow victims to petition courts to have human-trafficking-related arrests expunged from their criminal records.
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