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The bad, the ugly and the downright horrible – a roundup of today-in-DCF news

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Guns, children, neglect, animal abuse, human trafficking and forced prostitution. These aren’t the beautiful, cliché, sundown-on-the-beach Florida stories, but in an attempt to raise public consciousness about these issues we at Florida Politics bring you today’s ‘DCF Files.’ *** On Monday, the Palm Beach Post published a story citing chilling figures from the Florida Department of Children and Families — in an annual human trafficking dossier, fiscal year 2015-2016 — in which 1,892 reports of human trafficking were recorded during the period. It…

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Senate panel begins work on human trafficking problem

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A Senate committee got a preview of what a coordinated statewide campaign against human trafficking might look at Monday, when a prosecutor detailed Miami’s “victim-centered” attack on the scourge. Esther Jacobo, who runs the program for State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, said prosecutors, support staff, victim specialists, and investigators within the office and other Miami-Dade police departments certainly prosecute traffickers. But they also identify services gaps that make it more difficult to deliver children and young women and men from human…

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Human trafficking cases increase 50 percent in Florida

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Officials say the number of human trafficking cases have increased more than 50 percent in the state from the previous year.The Florida Department of Children and Families says Florida received 1,892 reports of human trafficking. That’s a 54 percent increase from the previous year. The increase in reported allegations of human trafficking was due in large part to increased training and a new screening tool developed between DCF, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the attorney general. The Statewide…

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Pam Bondi announces human-trafficking arrest in Ocala

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Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday announced an Ocala man’s arrest for human trafficking. Ryan Gemelle Poole also faces counts of deriving support from proceeds of prostitution and using a two-way communications device to commit a felony. Bondi and Marion County Sheriff Emery Gainey said Poole’s arrest was the result of a five-month investigation. They said he took control of his victim’s money and forced her to engage in prostitution in Alachua, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Marion and Orange counties — promoting…

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Jeanette Rubio highlights husband’s support of the Girls Count Act in new ad

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Jeanette Rubio is praising her husband’s work against human trafficking in a new campaign ad. The Marco Rubio campaign released a new advertisement Friday featuring the Miami Republican’s wife. The 30-second spot gives Jeanette Rubio a chance to highlight the Girls Count Act, which helps ensure children in developing countries are registered at birth. “Human trafficking is a tragedy. Of all the things Marco has done, the Girls Count Act is the one thing I’m most proud of,” says Jeanette…

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Pinellas’ human trafficking ordinance takes effect this week

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A new human trafficking ordinance aimed at increasing awareness and reducing victimization takes effect in Pinellas County Tuesday. Pinellas County Commission approved an ordinance expanding state law requiring informative signage earlier this year. Florida passed a law in 2015 that required human trafficking signage including the human trafficking hotline and text line at all transportation hubs and buildings statewide. The idea was to target individuals who may know how to spot human trafficking and potential victims and provide useful information…

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More bills headed to Rick Scott for signing

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The bill train to Gov. Rick Scott continued Tuesday, with another packet of legislation heading to his desk for review and possible signature. The latest bills include: HB 59 – Relating to Agritourism – Prohibits local government from regulating “agritourism” activity on land classified as agricultural. HB 75 – Relating to Electronic Monitoring Devices – Prohibits the wearer of such a device from “removing, destroying, altering, tampering with, damaging, or circumventing operation.” HB 91 – Relating to Severe Injuries Caused…

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