Four New Bills Signed into law by Governor Rick Scott to Help in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Florida
• HB 369 – Human Trafficking – This bill requires the display of human trafficking public awareness and reporting signs in certain locations.
• HB 465 – Human Trafficking – This bill enhances protections for victims of human trafficking and provides enhanced sanctions for a person who solicits another to commit prostitution.
• HB 467 – Public Records/Human Trafficking Victims – This bill expands an exemption from public records requirements for criminal intelligence and investigative information that may reveal the identity of human trafficking victims.
• HB 469 – Public Records – This bill provides an exemption from public records requirements for the location of facilities serving victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING (more Specifically What is Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking)
Trafficking Victims Reauthorizaton Protection Act of 2013 Federal Law
“SEC. 221. DOMESTIC MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING DETERRENCE AND VICTIMS
(a) Sense of Congress.–It is the sense of the Congress that–
(1) the Attorney General should implement changes to the
National Crime Information Center database to ensure that–
(A) a child entered into the database will be
automatically designated as an endangered juvenile if
the child has been reported missing not less than 3
times in a 1-year period;
(B) the database is programmed to cross-reference
newly entered reports with historical records already
in the database; and
(C) the database is programmed to include a visual
cue on the record of a child designated as an
endangered juvenile to assist law enforcement officers
in recognizing the child and providing the child with
appropriate care and services;
(2) funds awarded under subpart 1 of part E of title I of
the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42
U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) (commonly known as Byrne Grants) should be
used to provide education, training, deterrence, and prevention
programs relating to sex trafficking of minors;
(3) States should–
(A) treat minor victims of sex trafficking as crime
victims rather than as criminal defendants or juvenile
(B) adopt laws that–
(i) establish the presumption that a child
under the age of 18 who is charged with a
prostitution offense is a minor victim of sex
(ii) avoid the criminal charge of
prostitution for such a child, and instead
consider such a child a victim of crime and
provide the child with appropriate services and
(iii) strengthen criminal provisions
prohibiting the purchasing of commercial sex
acts, especially with minors; and
(C) amend State statutes and regulations–
(i) relating to crime victim compensation
to make eligible for such compensation any
individual who is a victim of sex trafficking
as defined in section 1591(a) of title 18,
United States Code, or a comparable State law
against commercial sexual exploitation of
children, and who would otherwise be ineligible
for such compensation due to participation in
prostitution activities because the individual
is determined to have contributed to, consented
to, benefitted from, or otherwise participated
as a party to the crime for which the
individual is claiming injury; and
(ii) relating to law enforcement reporting
requirements to provide for exceptions to such
requirements for victims of sex trafficking in
the same manner as exceptions are provided to
victims of domestic violence or related crimes;
(4) demand for commercial sex with sex trafficking victims
must be deterred through consistent enforcement of criminal
laws against purchasing commercial sex.”
“Battering is a systematic pattern of violent controlling, coercive behaviors intended to punish, abuse and ultimately control the thoughts, beliefs and actions of the victim” (Av.).
Mental/Emotional Abuse: Causing mental and emotional pain through manipulation, undue stress, and oppression. When words and actions are taken out of context and facts are distorted in an attempt to control, coerce or otherwise defile the integrity of another human being. It is living in a state of fear of impending violence. Emotional abuse can also be displayed by emotional distance to make a statement, making it clear it is a result of undesired behavior or withholding what is needed in a relationship; this can be used to provoke a response.
Financial Abuse: When the use of or withholding of funds needed to achieve minimum standards of living are used to coerce or force another to perform or beg for life sustaining means. The purpose is for the family finances to be so controlled that the other partner may not even have one penny to their name which results in keeping them bound to their abuser, broke and ultimately dependent upon the other party for their financial sustenance.
Verbal Abuse: When words are used as daggers to cut through the very core and essence of a human being. Instituting oppression and intimidation as the form of communication for the purpose of gaining control over another. Cutting remarks and comments promote emotional torment to the hearer. Such examples include: Blaming, shaming, verbally attacking and controlling through the use of threats of harm to the victim and/or family, friends or pets.
Spiritual Abuse: When the use of spiritual reference becomes a tool for manipulating and coercing one into submission under false pretenses. Spiritual abuse is manipulation by using teaching that should be beneficial to the hearer as a tool to promote condemnation to the hearer and self justification to the abuser. It is one sided and not the Full Counsel of God. Instead of giving guidance, spiritual/scriptural references are used to oppress and manipulate another promoting the desire & will of the manipulator instead of the will and desire of the Almighty! It is submission through manipulation instead of love.
Sexual Abuse: When sexual relations are forced to be performed under duress, against the will of another. The self gratification of the abuser is the primary focus and motivation causing physical, mental and emotional harm to the victim. Threat, use of force, and manipulation are tools used to coerce one into sexual submission. Such acts can take place when the victim is sick or asleep. Sex against one’s will is Rape. Saying No, even once constitutes Rape. Rape can occur in marriage, for many years. When there is verbal abuse, marital rape and sexual abuse is often present. Sexual abuse can include the use of pornography against one’s will, sexual acts, sex trafficking and exploitation.
Physical Abuse: If the above abuses are allowed to escalate, the end result is physical violence. When on exerts authority over another for the purpose of controlling, punishing or ‘teaching a lesson to’, dealing inappropriately with, all for the purpose of establishing, gaining and maintaining power and control over another.
The physical use of force is demonstrated through: pushing, shoving, hitting (open or closed fist), biting, scratching, kicking, strangling or damaging pets or property belonging to the intended victim, any other use of physical force to maintain dominance and authority over another.
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