Did you know Florida has the highest number of Human Trafficking victims in the United States?
Did you know Florida is one of the top 3 states as a destination state for Human Trafficking in the United States?
Approximately 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. 80% of the Human Trafficking victims are women and children and 70% of the Human Trafficking victims are pornography, sex slaves, and commercial sex. Human Trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry, second only to drug trafficking and by 2020, will be the number one crime worldwide.
Some people confuse Human Trafficking with Smuggling. Smuggling is a crime against the sovereignty of the United States or against our borders. Human Trafficking is a crime against a person. While it is possible for some individuals to get smuggled into our country and then forced to do some type of labor to pay off their debt, Smuggling and Human Trafficking are two separate crimes. Currently, Smuggling is only a Federal offense whereas Human Trafficking can be prosecuted both at the State and Federal levels.
Victims of Human Trafficking could be doing a variety of jobs in our community. Maids, housekeepers, cooks, construction workers, nail salons, agricultural workers, landscapers, and prostitutes. The child you see in your neighbor's house that was fraudulently adopted and brought back into the U.S. could possibly be a victim.
Don't ask them if they are a Human Trafficking victim. Instead ask:
A Human Trafficking victim may be an adult or child, man or woman, a US citizen or a citizen from another country. Typically, Human Trafficking victims don't self report. Our community has to be the ones to be on the lookout for this crime. We have to learn to look beneath the surface.