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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

Florida Sen. Maria Sachs at FAU to Discuss Human Trafficking in Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 21, 2013) – Florida Sen. Maria Sachs, a committed and active member of the Florida Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, will discuss legislative efforts to combat human trafficking in Florida on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. as part of the panel “Ending Sex Trafficking in the State of Florida: What is the Role of Legislation, the Courts, and NGO Activism?” The event will take place in the Hillel Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus, and is free and open to the public.

Following the presentation, graduate students enrolled in “Feminization of Poverty,” a class offered by FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (CWGSS), as well as history students in the “Women and Slavery” seminar, will participate in a panel presentation on the role of the legislature, the courts and non-governmental organizations in eliminating this type of crime in the state.

The problem of human and sex trafficking in Florida has become a key issue of concern, particularly as a majority of those trafficked are young women and girls. The Florida Attorney General’s Office ranks Florida as third in the nation for the number of human trafficking cases.

For more information, call FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at 561-297-3865.

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