Proposed changes to human slavery laws cause worry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida ranks third in the nation in human trafficking.

Now one Jacksonville Center is calling on legislators to give more protection to victims of child sex trafficking.

More than 27 million people are trafficked, according to a recent study. From 2010 to 2013 there are 1,266 sex slavery cases on file in Florida alone. The First Coast is ranked number three in most cases in the state. Jacksonville-based Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center says sex-slaves, once freed from their pimps, have a high rate of relapse. They're urging legislators to protect the Safe Harbor Act, which ensures victims aren't locked up, but put in short-term safe houses.

However, there is proposed legislation to alter the act, allowing for involuntary hospitalization of victims.

Florida Statistics:

- 1,266 human trafficking cases investigated by Florida Department of Children and Families from January 2010 to January 2013

- 200 minors received services through DCF in 2012.

- 717 Potential Victims in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice system.

- More than half of survivors interacted with Florida DJJ before being reported to the child abuse hotline.

- Since the activation of the National Human Trafficking Report line by Polaris Project in 2007, Florida has ranked third nationally for calls to the tip line, following California and Texas.

RELATED: More information on human trafficking from CNN's Freedom Project


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