Florida

Called the “Sunshine State,” Florida is known for its balmy, sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Ponce de Leon, in search of the elusive fountain of youth, was the first European to explore Florida. St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565, is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Statehood for Florida came in 1845. Florida’s state flower is the orange blossom, which is particularly fitting because oranges are a main export of the state. Because of its shape and location, a long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida attracts millions of visitors each year to its many seaside resort areas. Its capital is Tallahassee.

Human trafficking is a serious issue that affects people all around the world, including in Florida. It is a form of modern slavery in which individuals are exploited for labor, sexual exploitation, or other purposes.

In Florida, human trafficking can take many forms, including forced labor, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation. It often affects vulnerable populations, such as immigrants, children, and people who are homeless or in poverty.

Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking, due in part to its large immigrant population, international airports, and tourist industry. The state has taken steps to address the issue, including passing legislation to strengthen penalties for traffickers and to provide support and services to victims.

If you suspect that someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, there are steps you can take to help. You can report the situation to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or by text at 233733. You can also contact local law enforcement or a trusted organization that provides services to victims of human trafficking. It is important to remember that the safety of the victim should be the top priority and to handle the situation with care and sensitivity.

 

 

Teen Human Trafficking Victim Spent 2 Weeks ‘In Hell:’ Pasco Sheriff
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Teen Human Trafficking Victim Spent 2 Weeks ‘In Hell:’ Pasco Sheriff

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — A 16-year-old New Port Richey girl is now receiving counseling at a center for victims of human trafficking after a two-week ordeal in which at least 12 men and a woman had sex with her, plied her with drugs and arranged for her to perform at men’s strip clubs in…

Mark Spisak, the head of Olivet Assembly, is being investigated for money laundering.
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Mark Spisak, the head of Olivet Assembly, is being investigated for money laundering.

Thе first indication that a monеy laundеring invеstigation into a small Amеrican Biblе collеgе has rеachеd thе top of an intеrnational Christian dеnomination is that fеdеral law еnforcеmеnt is looking for information on World Olivеt Assеmbly chiеf Mark Spisak. Onе of thе most sеnior disciplеs of Korеan-Amеrican clеric David Jang is Spisak, a thеologian who…

Stronger Labor Laws Could Combat Human Trafficking
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Stronger Labor Laws Could Combat Human Trafficking

Author Melissa Hope Ditmore suggests that current political attention on human trafficking is performative rather than practical. In her new book, she makes the case for enforcing and expanding labor laws.  There’s an ugly truth about what powers the United States economy, says Melissa Hope Ditmore. Our economic system depends on exploited labor and forced…

Survey: Top 10 Insights on How Americans View Sex Trafficking
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Survey: Top 10 Insights on How Americans View Sex Trafficking

NEWS PROVIDED BY Selah Freedom January 26, 2023, 15:16 GMT Selah Freedom and Opinium share results of new survey culling Americans’ knowledge of Sex Trafficking in the U.S. SARASOTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 26, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — Human trafficking continues to be a significant crisis in the United States. Every year, millions of boys, girls, and…

Nigerian Court Reverses Self, Vacates Interim Order For Forfeiture Of Ex-Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu’s 40 Properties
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Nigerian Court Reverses Self, Vacates Interim Order For Forfeiture Of Ex-Deputy Senate President Ekweremadu’s 40 Properties

A Federal High Court in Abuja has trashed the interim order earlier issued for the forfeiture of 40 landed properties belonging to the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. In November 2022, the same court ordered an interim forfeiture of the 40 landed properties belonging to Ekweremadu who is currently being remanded in a…

Florida among top three states for human trafficking response – WFTV
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Florida among top three states for human trafficking response – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida is one of the top three states for human trafficking in the country, but as calls to the Human Trafficking Hotline increased, so did the state’s efforts to provide services to survivors. National experts say those efforts are starting to pay off. From the theme parks, to our beaches; as a…

Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’ Protests Explained: An Activist Slain By Police And Georgia’s State Of Emergency
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Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’ Protests Explained: An Activist Slain By Police And Georgia’s State Of Emergency

Topline An Atlanta-based police and fire training facility pegged by protesters as “Cop City” has gained national attention following the killing of an environmental activist at the hands of police, and a tense standoff with protesters that has caused the governor to declare a state of emergency. Key Facts In September 2021, then-Atlanta mayor Keisha…

Human trafficking training shines a light on issue in Idaho, beyond
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Human trafficking training shines a light on issue in Idaho, beyond

When it comes to human trafficking, education and awareness on the topic is of critical importance. BOISE, Idaho — This article originally appeared in the Idaho Press. When it comes to human trafficking, education and awareness on the topic is of critical importance. The Nampa Family Justice Center is fully aware of this fact. On Thursday,…

Human trafficking training shines light on issue in Southern Idaho and beyond
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Human trafficking training shines light on issue in Southern Idaho and beyond

When it comes to human trafficking, education and awareness on the topic is of critical importance. The Nampa Family Justice Center is fully aware of this fact. On Thursday, the center hosted an “Understanding Human Trafficking” training session at the Nampa Police Department to help broaden community perspective on the crime both from local and…

Traffic stop uncovers trafficking operation and leads to girl's rescue, Baldwin County SO says – WLOX
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Traffic stop uncovers trafficking operation and leads to girl's rescue, Baldwin County SO says – WLOX

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – A traffic stop in Baldwin County on Wednesday revealed a human trafficking operation and resulted in the rescue of an 18-year-old victim, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies assigned to the Special Operations Unit conducted the traffic stop on Interstate 10 near the Florida state line. That traffic stop…