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Two formerly troubled teens now represent Florida agency as model adults

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Two young adults were honored by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Wednesday for the lives they left behind, and were named the agency’s 2017 Youth Ambassadors, according to a statement. Secretary Christina Daly, head of the DJJ, and the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, along with members of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association and partners, honored the two new ambassadors at a reception at Florida’s Historic Capitol Building in Tallahassee, the statement said. Jesus Mendoza and Alyssa Beck have unique…

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Mother of sexual victim says Mark Ober’s comments are why victims hesitate to report sexual abuse

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Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is being blasted by the mother of a teenage victim involved in a child sex abuse case his office is investigating. At a political debate last week with his Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, Ober defended himself against the accusation that he initially did not take serious a report regarding Alexander Pelzer, a now-27-year-old Maryland resident accused of committing crimes against the then-15-year-old Hillsborough County girl. The case was first brought to the attention of the general public…

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Pinellas County Commission expands state human trafficking initiative

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Pinellas County Commissioners Tuesday passed an ordinance furthering the work of the Florida Legislature to curb human trafficking. Last year, the legislature approved a bill ultimately signed into law that gave county commissions the authority to place signs in certain locations educating the public about the labor and sex trafficking. The state law enacted in June required posting the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline telephone and text numbers at all Florida transportation hubs and buildings. Those locations were seen…

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Charlie Justice spearheads human trafficking awareness sign ordinance for Pinellas

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Human trafficking is a alive and thriving in America. According to humantrafficking.org, an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people — primarily women and children — are being trafficked in the U.S. each year. Florida’s human trafficking statistics aren’t very encouraging either. “Florida ranks as the third [worst] state in the country for sex trafficking,” said Commissioner Charlie Justice at Thursday’s County Commission meeting. Justice, citing Pinellas’ recent issues with sex trafficking and human trafficking, made a motion to direct the county…

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