Fla. officer honored for helping sex slave victims


Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 10:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 10:01 a.m.

TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott has honored an Orlando police officer for his role in rescuing six victims of human trafficking, including a 14-year-old girl.

The governor honored Sgt. Patrick Guckian at a statewide summit in Tampa on Thursday. Guckian developed special training to help law enforcement agents and civilians look for signs of victims forced into prostitution rings. In the past few months, he's done 50 trainings. Together, Guckian and those he's trained, have rescued six juveniles from forced prostitution this year.

Scott said human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that affects 2 million children worldwide. Florida has long been a hub for human trafficking.

More than 700 law enforcement officials, attorneys and health care professional attended the summit at the University of South Florida.

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