DeSantis' Request Granted to Investigate Human Trafficking in Florida

DeSantis' Request Granted to Investigate Human Trafficking in Florida

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
June 29, 2022

On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) requested  that a  statewide grand jury be covened to “examine international human smuggling networks that bring illegal aliens to the southern border, and ultimately, to Florida.”

The jury will also look to investigate local municipalities that have been “aiding this smuggling scheme by intentionally violating state law.”

According to the Florida Department of Education (DOE), Florida is the one of the largest states for human trafficking, 3rd to be exact. The DOE has stated that since 2009, the state of Florida has investigated more than 1500 cases of child trafficking cases alone.

The Senior Advisor to the Governor for Public Safety said in response to the request being fulfilled, he stated: “By fulfilling our request to impanel a grand jury, the Florida Supreme Court has enabled the State of Florida to take the next step in fighting back against Biden’s disastrous border policies. This grand jury will allow us to gather critical information on the harmful consequences of illegal immigration on our state, including the prevalence of human trafficking and smuggling and the flow of illicit drugs like fentanyl within our borders.”

According to Attorney General Ashley Moody, the June 17th petition enables the grand jury to fight back against “the unlawful release of dangerous criminals here illegally.” Moody’s full statement can be found below.

“I’m pleased that the Florida Supreme Court granted Governor DeSantis’s petition to impanel a statewide grand jury. I look forward to our Statewide Prosecutor working with jurors to investigate matters related to human smuggling, trafficking and the unlawful release of dangerous criminals here illegally.”

Should the grand jury find any solid evidence of local governments assisting with the trafficking of migrants, it could bring some major news.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a junior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE), and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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