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Human trafficking penalties in Florida to be more harsh

The penalties in Florida for human trafficking are going to be more harsh.

Governor Rick Scott has signed two bills aimed at fighting the illegal industry. One law removes the statute of limitations on when human tracking crimes can be prosecuted.

It also increases the penalties and prohibits minors from working in adult theaters. The second law changes rules used by agencies running safe houses and foster homes for exploited children allowing the agencies to receive more money.

"For one it's going to open doors. Because we need that money," said Connie Rose. "We need that funding to be able to pay our safe houses, to give them the restoration services they need."

The U.S. state department says Florida has the third highest human trafficking rate in the country.