Rep. Loudenbeck’s website State lawmakers hope to close a loophole in laws against child sex trafficking. The goal of a bill that got a hearing this week is to ensure that child victims who are rescued get referred for services. Under current law, child victims of sex trafficking aren’t automatically eligible for services that are available to other victims of child abuse, and sex traffickers aren’t covered under the child

A little Monday Motivation for you! I know it seems overwhelming sometimes when you look at the complexities of the issue…the social structures that need to change, the societal attitudes that need to shift, laws, services, etc. etc. But this is doable. Keep speaking up, keep sharing posts that are important to you, keep supporting and volunteering and helping. And if you suspect human trafficking, make the call! Make the

(WEAR) – Human trafficking expert Marina Anderson told Channel Three News the majority of human trafficking in Northwest Florida is sex trafficking, with most of the victims being transported right along I-10. Anderson knows this reality all too well. She was a Florida Child Protective Investigator for thirteen years before joining the Office of Child Welfare in 2015. Anderson said sex trafficking peaks during big events like concerts, political rallies

An Ohio man accused of trying to have a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl is believed to be the first person in Monroe County charged under the human trafficking laws. Aaron Kowalski, 38, of Perrysburg, Ohio, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer

Every day, my colleagues answer about 100 calls on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. They respond to dozens of texts, emails, and tips through our online reporting form. It doesn’t matter if it is 3:00 a.m. Or Christmas Day. Or during a blizzard. The hotline does not close. Because someone needs to be there to help the young man who was just abandoned far away from home