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Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—January 29, 2014. U.S. District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Andrew Blane Fields, 62, of Lutz, Fla., to serve 33 years and nine months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, the Justice Department announced today. A jury convicted Fields on Nov. 6, 2013, of five counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and three narcotics counts arising from his distribution of controlled substances to the sex trafficking victims as part of his scheme of coercion.

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MANATEE -- Modern-day slavery is being conducted on the streets of Bradenton and Manatee County.

Its victims are often forced to sell their bodies for sex. Their pimps roam the streets, many on bikes, officials say.

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On June 3, 2013 Governor Scott was in the news again for human trafficking and had this to say: 'While these figures demonstrate that we are improving efforts to protect Florida families, the reality is that even one violent crime is too many.

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This week, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced a new two-hour online training program for officers.

The training explains the signs of human trafficking, the various forms of trafficking, and related state and government laws.

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The insidious crime of human trafficking, long out of the public consciousness, has become the focus of new laws and increased law enforcement efforts. With Florida ranking as one of the nation's worst offenders as the No.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott today will sign two human-trafficking bills, allowing victims to ask courts to have human trafficking-related arrests and convictions expunged from their records, and to allow victims up to age 16 to submit an out-of-court statement rather than testify in open court, say the Tampa Bay Times.

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Human Trafficking Course for Officers

Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:06
Florida officials are fighting for freedom.

”The Florida Police Chief’s are committed to do what it takes to end human trafficking in our state,” said Walter McNeil.

In a new training course, officers will be taught how to spot human trafficking victims.

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It was the third bust of a Central Florida sex-trafficking ring in as many days. Fed up, the leader of one law enforcement agency looked into television cameras and issued not a warning, but a promise.

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In South Florida, they're known for their blacked-out windows, neon signs, late-night hours, and sexually suggestive postings in online classified ads. Many are listed on web sites that cater to the men who seek out erotic massages.

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Officials held a press conference Friday to announce the arrest of two men in connection with a human trafficking ring in Pinellas County.

Peter Kitt, 41, and Shawn Franklin, 42, are behind bars for allegedly forcing 16 women into prostitution.

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