Department of Health Addresses Human Trafficking


    State officials adressed how the Department of Health is responding to human trafficking in light of the Super Bowl at a press conference at the Department’s offices in Miami o n Monday. Human trafficking encompasses forced sex and forced labor. Florida ranks No. 3 in the country for the total number of human trafficking cases reported, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Miami-Dade County has the highest number of victims in the state. Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez said youth are particularly at risk. In 2018, there were 767 human trafficking cases reported in Florida. About 1 in 5 cases involved minors. According to the United States Department of Justice, most victims of human trafficking are first used for sexual exploitation between the ages of 12 and 14. “As a mother of three, that is a statistic I just cannot fathom,” Nuñez said. “So, with the Super Bowl we must be particularly vigilant.” State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said victims of human trafficking can


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