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For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2014
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre

Commission urges state to enhance protections for children who are victims of human trafficking

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL)  – The Miami-Dade County Commission wants the state to enhance protections for child victims of human trafficking by penalizing the improper disclosure of the foster or group home where they are staying.

County Commissioners on January 22, 2014 approved a resolution sponsored by Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa urging the Florida Legislature to enact new or stricter penalties for revealing the location of a foster home, safe home or group home where a child victim of sexual exploitation may be receiving safe harbor.

“We need to make sure that these young victims are not victimized all over again by their former traffickers,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “The government must do a better job of ensuring their location is kept confidential.”

A 2001 University of Pennsylvania study estimated that between 244,000 and 325,000 children in the United States are at risk each year of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

For more information, please contact Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.