It may be illegal, but slavery is thriving in Florida under a different name: human trafficking.
A spokesperson for the State Attorney General's office says Florida ranks third in the number of calls to the human trafficking hotline and there are some simple things the state can do to help these victims, including "creating safehouses, places for victims to go to receive the treatment that they need after suffering this horrible crime."
No one knows exactly how many people have been forced into prostitution or involuntary servitude in our state, but nationwide the number is estimated at 2.5 million.
Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi presides over the first meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking today at the Florida Capitol.
The group consists of law enforcement, prosecutors, human trafficking advocates and victims services officials.
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