Greater Orlando ranks third in the United States for the number of reports to the national human-trafficking hotline, Central Florida leaders announced Thursday — a statistic they said indicated a growing awareness of the problem in a vulnerable community. “Because of our tourism, because we are transient, because we are growing rapidly, it makes us a community where this type of exploitation is more likely to happen,” said Tomas Lares, founder and executive director of Florida Abolitionist, the regional nonprofit organization devoted to eradicating the problem. ...
A state lawmaker wants Florida schools to include the dangers of human trafficking in their health education curriculum. That's on top of other statewide efforts to help fight the modern day slavery practice. Click here for full story
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Governor Scott signed four bills into laws on July 30, 2015. Laws include harsher punishments for those charged with human trafficking as well as not releasing the addresses of safe houses. Story Here
"This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. "The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage. I echo the words ...
The above chart shows commercial buyers of sex online within the United States. The research was conducted and gathered by Thorn. 'THORN DRIVES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION TO FIGHT THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN. We partner across the tech industry, government and NGOs and leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children.' Fore more information about Thorn and the work they are doing to combat sex trafficking of children, please visit their website https://www.wearethorn.org/
Florida sees increase in calls to human trafficking hotline: Hotline received nearly 1,000 calls last year
http://www.wesh.com/news/florida-sees-increase-in-calls-to-human-trafficking-hotline/30694394 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida child welfare officials say calls reporting suspected human trafficking in Florida have doubled since 2010. The hotline received nearly 1,000 calls last year, compared to 480 in 2011. The most recent survey from the Department of Children and Families found that 28 percent of all Florida child human trafficking victims are located in the 12-county region that comprises Central Florida. DCF said Tuesday that the increase is a result of a successful ...