State human trafficking task forces holds first meeting

A state human trafficking task force of which Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott is a member concluded its first meeting today.

The 19-person Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, responsible for crafting a state response to the crime, met at the two-day Summit on Human Trafficking, a seminar put on by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Children and Families.

Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Scott to the designated sheriff’s seat in the task force. Scott will serve a two-year term, during which time he and task force members are to implement a plan currently being drafted at Florida State University.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates nearly 18,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the nation each year, a Sheriff’s Office press release stated. Florida ranks third nationally in the number of people being trafficked, the release stated.

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