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Bill on teaching human trafficking in Florida to House floor

April 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under legislation headed to the state House floor.

The House Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Patricia Williams of Fort Lauderdale. The measure would include human trafficking in the health classes currently taught in Florida public schools.

The curriculum would focus on how to recognize and understand human trafficking, as well as child abuse.

Twenty-two Florida school districts already include human trafficking information in their health classes.

Williams says the course will save lives and prevent many children from becoming victims.

A similar bill is moving in the state Senate.