This afternoon, following the Human Trafficking Awareness Day rally (story HERE), State Representative Jennifer Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) formally announced her legislation filed that would aide victims of the crime.
House Bill 457 would direct the DHSMV to begin production on a “Safe and Free” license plate, the money collected from the plate would be sent to non-profit organizations authorizing them to use the funds to provide materials like food and clothing, counseling services, and for victim housing.
The press conference began with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs voicing her support for the bill saying, “It’s all about awareness. It’s going to help raise awareness, and get people talking and asking ‘what is human trafficking’ and it’s going to be a part of the funding equation, and I can’t say how proud I am of this young woman for not waiting, but jumping in on this very important issue.
Sullivan then took to the podium saying “It’s an honor coming before you today for this great cause and that is ending Human Trafficking. And it’s with great enthusiasm that I announce that as of Tuesday, I filed House Bill 457 to create a license plate for Human Trafficking” she continues “the proceeds of this license plate will go to non-profit, non-governmental entities that are helping trafficking victims to fund safe homes, and other things that they need to get back to regular life.”
In addition to Jacobs, Sullivan also announced support of HB 457 from State Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami).
Orlando leads as a destination for pedophile trafficking with the average age of trafficked girls being 12 and boys being 9. In the United States, each year as many as 100,000 – 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex. Nationally, the criminal enterprise of human trafficking is second only to the illegal drug trade in terms of its growth and being among the most lucrative.