Florida Attorney General Joins Others For Human Trafficking Bill Signing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today joined Governor Rick
Scott, legislators and other state leaders at Kristi House in Miami for the ceremonial signing of two bills intended to stop human trafficking and to protect the victims of human trafficking. Attorney General Bondi worked
closely with Senator Anitere Flores and Representative William Snyder on
House Bill 7049, which significantly increases penalties for human
trafficking and provides the Office of Statewide Prosecution with
jurisdiction to pursue these cases.

“We want Florida to be a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking,”
stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am honored to join other state
leaders who are dedicated to stopping this exploitative and debased
industry that preys upon men, women and children.”

House Bill 7049 will help law enforcement and prosecutors crack down on
human trafficking by:

· Increasing penalties for human trafficking;
· Authorizing law enforcement agencies to request permission from a
judge to intercept oral and electronic communications related to human
trafficking investigations;
· Providing that those convicted of human sex trafficking may be
designated as sexual offenders and sexual predators; and
· Providing that any property used for human trafficking is subject to

Attorney General Bondi also supported the Florida Safe Harbor Act, House
Bill 99, which increases the civil penalty for specified violations of
prostitution from $500 to $5,000 and requires $500 of the civil penalty to
be used for treatment-based drug court programs. The remaining $4,500 is to
be paid to the Department of Children and Families to fund safe houses and
short-term safe houses.

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