Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants $4.5 million to help trafficking victims

Part of state budget could be used to help victims recover

Published On: Feb 14 2013 08:25:51 AM EST
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MIAMI -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to earmark roughly $4.5 million in the state budget to fight human trafficking and help victims recover in a safe place after they're rescued.

The bulk of the money will create 30 rape crisis centers statewide and help improve law enforcement response to crimes of rape and sexual abuse.

Scott said on Wednesday that $1.5 million will also provide victims of sex trafficking with a safe place to go after they've been rescued.

In the past, victims have often been charged with prostitution or held in juvenile detention facilities. The "safe houses" around the state will help victims heal in a therapeutic environment.

Juvenile Justice and child welfare officials also announced a pilot program that identifies trafficking victims.