Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been applauded for signing a new law into place that will tackle human trafficking head on.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has stated that it believes the new SB 1826 law will improve protections for human trafficking victims in several ways.
The group believes it creates a privilege for communications between victims of human trafficking and trained advocates; and authorizes judges to make procedural accommodations for victims of human sex trafficking in judicial proceedings. The bill also expands the definition of human trafficking to include, “purchasing patronizing, or procuring” another person for exploitation; and to include the trafficking of “an adult believed by the person to be a child.”
At a time when some jurisdictions around the US are systematically letting offenders off the hook, Florida is taking the crime seriously enough to focus new attention on them.
“We commend Florida for taking the crime of human trafficking seriously,” said Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “The legal and procedural changes in the bill will have a real impact in the lives of survivors of human trafficking, supporting them in both the criminal justice system and in their healing journey.”
To learn more about the complex social issues that drive sexual abuse and exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, child exploitation, sexual violence, public health harms of pornography, and more, register to attend NCOSE’s annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit, a free conference being held online from July 20-24, 2021.
Last month, a 20-year prison sentence was handed down to former GirlsDoPorn Producer Andre Garcia for sex trafficking. Even Garcia acknowledged this in his court testimony, when he called the pornography industry ‘an evil business.’