The SoFlo Scoop: Florida’s human trafficking problems; Food and Wine Festival returns; College student found dead

2017-02-22T09:42:10+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Tuesday, Feb, 21. Miami is expected to have a high of 78 and low of 69 with showers likely in the morning, while Key West will be mostly cloudy with a high of 80 and a low of 72. Fort Lauderdale will see afternoon showers and a high of 78 and a low of 70, while those in Naples will have mostly cloudy skies and a high of 81 and a low of 65. Time to get smart fast:

  • The Florida Department of Children and Families reported 1,900 cases of human trafficking in 2016, and some supporters are calling it “modern-day slavery.” Tourism leads to Florida being a target for human trafficking, authorities said. Officials said majority of the cases reported involved women, but men and boys aren’t safe either. MyPalmBeachPost
  • New information released shows how the plan to kill FSU Professor Dan Markel back in 2014 was executed and how his ex-wife and her family may have been involved. Markel’s ex-wife “wanted her two kids back,” according to one of the men accused of the killing. Sun Sentinel
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office identified the body of a missing college student over the weekend as George Louissaint Jr. The missing report that was filed stated that Louissaint was upset over a dilemma with his girlfriend and told his roommate he may not come back. Miami Herald
  • South Beach’s Food Wine and Food Festival will be held in Fort Lauderdale, with an event-opening party on Feb. 22. The event will be hosted by chef and Food Network’s own Anne Burrell. This is the second straight year SOBE’s Wine and Food Festival will be held in Broward County.
  • The Borscht Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Miami, Feb. 22-26, with new and modern ways to view art. The non-profit festival was founded in 2004 by students at the New World School of the Arts to showcase each student’s work. Miami Herald

— Ingrid Padron, South Florida News Service