Pam Bondi Weekly Briefing
My Office of Statewide Prosecution today filed charges against a Lee County man for one count of human trafficking. Shawn Anthony Lewis, 35, is currently incarcerated due to a conviction in a statewide prostitution ring. During the investigation of that prostitution ring, Collier County law enforcement officers discovered a human trafficking victim, who was allegedly forced to engage in prostitution in state and out of state. According to the investigation, Lewis used threats, intimidation and coercion to control the victim and force her into sexual activity in Collier, Lee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Lewis allegedly blackmailed the victim by threatening to send sexual videos of her to her family and the Department of Children and Families in order to try to get them to take her two-year-old child. We will not tolerate human trafficking in Florida, and my Office of Statewide Prosecution will continue to aggressively prosecute cases of human trafficking.
In closing, let us celebrate this Independence Day by appreciating the values of our Founding Fathers who built this great country that we live in. As Americans, we must always appreciate the freedom, opportunities, equality and justice that we enjoy each day. These liberties were established and defended by generations of brave men and women. As we celebrate our independence, let us all reflect on the military members who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. Their tremendous courage and sacrifice has given us liberty.
Centers for Disease Control Report Highlights Florida’s Efforts to End Prescription Drug AbuseAttorney General Pam Bondi has fought the prescription drug abuse epidemic since she first took office, and this week the Centers for Disease and Prevention released a report highlighting Florida’s success in reversing drug overdose trends. The report shows that Florida has the first documented substantial decline in drug overdose mortality of any state during the past 10 years. Florida was once known as the “Pill Mill Capital of the Country” with 98 of the top 100 Oxycodone dispensing doctors residing in the state and at least seven people dying a day from prescription drugs. Prescription drug related deaths decreased by 23 percent from 2010 to 2012. More
Attorney General Pam Bondi Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Hobby Lobby and Other Businesses
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and other businesses. Hobby Lobby and others challenged the federal Affordable Care Act regulations requiring corporations to provide employees with contraception coverage despite companies’ religious objections. Florida joined an amicus brief in support of the companies’ free exercise of religion.
“I am pleased with today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and other businesses,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Family-owned corporations such as Hobby Lobby have the right to run their businesses on religious principles, and the Affordable Care Act regulations violated their rights.”
Attorney General Bondi spoke to the Florida Police Chiefs Association and thanked them for all of their efforts, which have resulted in a 43-year-low crime rate.
Attorney General Bondi joined Marion County Sheriff Blair and Doug Cone, President of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, for the Law Enforcement Information Kiosk Unveiling Ceremony.