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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12: Florida Governor Rick Scott puts his signature to paper during a bill signing ceremony for House Bill 99, the Florida Safe Harbor Act and House Bill 7049, Human Trafficking, at the Kristi House in Miami. on June 12, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Governor is in a legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department over the state's effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from lists of registered voters ahead of this year's presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Attorney General William Barr made an announcement on Monday.

One million dollars in grants will go to assist local and tribal communities that are making efforts to put an end to human trafficking.

Of all the states, Florida ranks third-highest in the number of human trafficking cases reported in 2019. Last year 896 cases were reported. In 2018, 760 cases were reported to the hotline.

The majority of the human trafficking calls last year were related to behavior taking place at massage/spa businesses.

The NHTH found 22,000 victims in 2019. And of those, 14,597 survived sex trafficking. Lots of the victims were teenagers. The average age at which a victim is first trafficked is when they are between 12 & 14 years-old. Children who are captured and brought into sex trafficking only have a seven-year life expectancy after they’ve been captured.

Barr said, “This is one of the top enforcement priorities of the department and we’re on the forefront of this fight. It’s only by cooperating with all our partners, our state and local partners and those in the private sector that we’re going to be able to make any progress and ultimately end the victimization of those boys and girls.”

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