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Florida is on top when it comes to cracking down on human trafficking, but there's still work to be done.

10:43 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A report by the Polaris Project said Florida is leading the nation in the fight to stop human trafficking, but there's still a way to go.

The report listed Florida as "Tier 1".  That means the state's moving in the right direction by having tough penalties on traffickers, raising awareness and getting victims the help they need.

Though the report shows progress, Michelle Clowe, Refugee Services Coordinator for World Relief, said parents shouldn't let their guard down.

"Don't think it doesn't happen here, don't think it doesn't happen in your school, don't think it doesn't happen in your community." added Clowe.

Clowe added the easiest way to prevent your child from becoming is a victim is supervise and educate.  That includes knowing who your children and with, and talking to them online.

The Polaris Project's report is available by clicking here.

If you'd like to help - connect with the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition on Facebook, or email

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