Stops in Tampa and Miami Will Highlight Governor Scott’s Commitment to Ending Human Trafficking
Tallahassee, FL – This week Governor Scott will visit prevention and recovery facilities in Tampa and Miami to discuss increased funding for human trafficking awareness and prevention. In this year’s state budget, Governor Scott committed $3 million for safe houses and rehabilitative services to help protect children who have been victimized by human trafficking. These services are related to community based care and identity protection for victims of human trafficking. In addition, the budget also provided $6 million to recruit volunteers to represent more than 2,000 vulnerable children through court proceedings, and $2 million was allotted to the PACE Center for Girls.
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT: “As a father and a grandfather, I want to do everything in my power to protect the most vulnerable. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and is a devastating reality, but we are blessed with wonderful groups around Florida whose mission and goal it is to end the exploitation of those trapped in human trafficking, and to rehabilitate the brave survivors of this horrific crime. We will continue to invest the resources to end this tragedy and punish those responsible. We are thankful for law enforcement officers who work every day to keep Floridians safe. Let’s not just keep working for Florida, but let’s keep fighting for the freedom and protection of those who are trapped in this awful situation, and those who have survived. We must be bold in our efforts and not relent until the evil of human trafficking ends.”
CONTACT: Greg Blair, firstname.lastname@example.org