The Florida Department of Corrections will soon train probation officers on how to spot and report human trafficking. The state has already been training correctional officers.
Corrections Department Secretary Julie Jones said some inmates are particularly at risk to be trafficked.
“And those are inmates that are within six months of release, inmates that have prior drug or alcohol abuse issues, inmates that have a history of prostitution and those that have no release plan,” said Jones.
She said the program has thwarted some suspected human trafficking cases in the Orlando area. Last year, the Department of Corrections changed its public online database to have fewer personal inmate details that potential traffickers could access.
Jones said they’ve also been working to educate male and female inmates. This includes a poster campaign with the national human trafficking hotline number.
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.