January 30, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE– In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Corrections joins in the state’s efforts to combat this horrible crime and highlights the Department’s measures to fight human trafficking in communities throughout the state.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Preventing human trafficking should be a priority for all agencies in Florida. At the department, we are working to eliminate this devastating crime by offering increased training for employees, providing new communications materials for our inmates and by preventing access to data that could be used to facilitate this violation to human dignity. We will continue to find ways to protect the members of our most vulnerable populations as a part of our mission.”
The Department recently took a number of steps focused on improving the way it protects residents, inmates and visitors against human trafficking. Specific efforts implemented include the following:
Human Trafficking Awareness Month is recognized every January. Florida law defines human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. For information on how you can prevent human trafficking, visit www.YouCanStopHT.com. For more information on the Florida Department of Corrections, visit www.dc.state.fl.us.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 97,000 inmates and supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community.