Fla. Gov. Signs Bill to Aid Trafficking Victims

A measure to aid victims of human trafficking is getting the backing of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott on Thursday signed into law a bill that would aid victims who are coerced into various types of servitude, including those forced to work in the sex trade.

The new law (HB 1325) would allow a victim to petition a court to expunge records of any convictions while the victim was being coerced.

The legislation also increases the age of victims who can give testimony in a child abuse or sex abuse trial without having to speak in open court.

Currently anyone older than 11 must testify in court.

The new law allows minors up to 16 years old to give an out-of-court statement.

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