Police Chief Appointed to Human Trafficking Organization

SPRINGFIELD - The newest member of the state's effort against human trafficking is talking about his new responsibilities.

Governor Rick Scott appointed Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne to the statewide council on human trafficking Wednesday.

Lawmakers established a 15 member statewide council during this spring's legislative session.

The group will coordinate efforts to fight sex trafficking, as well as help victims heal and return to the community.

Thorne said human trafficking is not just restircted to the sex trade, but also forced labor. He's looking forward to the challenge.

Thorne said "That's going to be very important as we create the framework for what we as a state can do for vicitms of human trafficking as well as how we can deal with those who perpatrate human trafficking."

Thorne's term runs through June 30th, 2018. The first meeting for the group is scheduled to take place on 18th of this month.

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