Just last month, state and local law enforcement officials broke up a human trafficking and prostitution ring based in Clearwater, but the case just scratches the surface of the state's trafficking problems, Attorney General Pam Bondi said at a press conference Wednesday.
Bondi and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, flanked by other law enforcement leaders, said a search for new initiatives led to the development of a new, interactive video training program.
""It's becoming such a problem in our state," Bondi said. "We sat down and said 'What can we do together?' We've got to keep doing more, because what we're doing isn't enough. Everything we're doing -- it's still going on."
The U.S. Department of State estimates 27 million people are trafficked globally each year, and in 2011, Florida ranked third nationally in the number of calls the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline received (3,949) -- California came in first, Texas second.