TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Penalties for human trafficking are going to be increased under bills signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott on Tuesday signed two measures aimed at fighting the illegal industry, which often includes the sex trafficking of children.
One of the new laws (HB 989) removes time limitations to prosecute human trafficking crimes. It also increases criminal penalties and would prohibit minors from working in adult theatres.
The other measure signed by the governor (HB 7141) changes guidelines used by agencies in running safe houses and foster homes for exploited children.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center has ranked Florida third in the number of calls received by its hotline.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said her office is currently handling several ongoing investigations into human trafficking operations in the state.