End sex trafficking, close Miami’s rent-by-the-hour motels


National statistics rank Florida as the third most popular human trafficking destination in the country. Half of all victims are children. The 2013 Trafficking In Persons report was recently released by the State Department, calling governments to have zero tolerance for prostitution and sex trafficking. The state has also passed legislation to address this issue. Then why do our local cities, county and state attorney still allow the proliferation of prostitution-related motels that rent rooms by the hour and cater to the sex trafficking industry? It’s time for officials to crack down on these motels because prostitution isn’t a victimless crime. Children are being brutalized and this can not be tolerated. It doesn’t take any detective work to realize which motels are operating as brothels. Can someone please put an end to this?

Olga Golik, Miami

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