The United States Department defines human trafficking as: all criminal actions that reduce, hold, or compel someone into a service. This includes the following forms of modern-day slavery: forced labor, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, sex trafficking, child sex trafficking, and child soldiers.
Despite the significant disruptions to efforts to combat this crime, the anti-trafficking community found ways to adapt and forged new relationships to overcome the challenges.
Florida is one of the top three human trafficking destinations in the United States. In one year, there were 878 calls to the national human trafficking hotline pertaining to the state of Florida. Of those, 329 were able to be verified as human trafficking cases.
Here’s how the percentages work out for those 329 calls.*
80% of Florida callers were female
70% of Florida callers were adults
30% of Florida callers were U.S. citizens
78% of slaves are used for labor, 22% of slaves are used for sex, 71% of slaves are women and girls, and 33% of slaves are children. One person is trafficked every 10 minutes.
Is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or sexual exploitation for the trafficker.
Occurs when a trafficker exploits an individual with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex.
Is the practice of stealing or buying organs through exploitation to be sold on a black market for profit.
Identifying human-trafficking victims is an important step in getting them the help they need. Below are common indicators of a potential trafficking victim: