Safe Harbor for Trafficking Victims

Florida’s Safe Harbor Act, effective January 1, gives new hope to children at risk of being sexually exploited. The Safe Harbor Act helps ensure the safety of child victims who have been trafficked for sex. In addition, it allows children who are rescued from prostitution to get help from child welfare professionals instead of being placed in juvenile delinquency.

A separate law, House Bill 7049, went into effect in July and gives prosecutors the ability to better fight this terrible crime by imposing tougher penalties. Together, the laws have made Florida a national leader in fighting human trafficking and rescuing victims.

“Children are being exploited for sex across this state and are living in constant fear,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins. “It is a long process to free these children from the criminals who exploit them, and to provide what they will need to grow up and be successful adults.”

Learn more at the WCTV article: Safe Harbor Act: New Law Ensures Safety for Trafficking Victims.

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