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Lawyer who prosecuted first federal human trafficking case in Georgia to speak at free event
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Lawyer who prosecuted first federal human trafficking case in Georgia to speak at free event

Experts have said that Savannah has an acute sex trafficking problem. Compared to communities of similar size and population, Savannah is a target largely because of the ports, the I-95 corridor and the tourism industry, in addition to relatively close proximity to major sex trafficking hubs, such as Miami, Atlanta and Tampa. On Sept. 20,…

New hotel human trafficking course helps ‘lift up the standards’
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New hotel human trafficking course helps ‘lift up the standards’

By Kaitlyn McMahon, Capital News Service RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia hotel employees are being trained how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking in an effort to reduce the number of victims. The 30-minute, online training program officially launched this year. Current employees had to complete the course by the end of June….

Understanding the realities of human trafficking in Tampa Bay
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Understanding the realities of human trafficking in Tampa Bay

Tampa (BLOOM) – Human trafficking is a pervasive and heinous crime that plagues our world, exploiting millions of individuals each year. To combat this issue effectively, it is crucial to gain a deep understanding of its realities. By shedding light on the scope, victims, contributing factors, and counter-trafficking efforts, we can work towards eradicating this…

New tax, mandatory human trafficking training for Central Va hotels starts July 1
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New tax, mandatory human trafficking training for Central Va hotels starts July 1

RICHMOND, Va. — Hotels in Central Virginia will begin charging an additional 2% fee on nightly rates starting Saturday. The Richmond Tourism Improvement District (TID) impacts hotels in Hanover, the town of Ashland, Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield with 41 rooms or more who will implement the new tax. The funds will go to Richmond Region…

Human trafficking bill a milestone – but also missing something – Orlando Sentinel
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Human trafficking bill a milestone – but also missing something – Orlando Sentinel

Editor’s note: PBJ Learning does not support “abolition,” per se. That said, we welcome all the groups that are working to make a difference, and you should make up your own mind as to how you decide to get involved. I’ve been on the frontlines of the fight against human trafficking in Florida for nearly…

Human trafficking is big business in coastal Georgia | local news
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Human trafficking is big business in coastal Georgia | local news

Joe Leek couldn’t believe his ears as he listened to Susan Norris speak at a recent conference of the Rotary Club of District 6920. Norris, founder and CEO of Rescuing Hope and author of “Rescuing Hope: A Story of Sex Trafficking in America,” spoke about the proliferation of human trafficking for labor and sex slavery…

Anti-human trafficking campaign uses Super Bowl to shed light on year-round problem
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Anti-human trafficking campaign uses Super Bowl to shed light on year-round problem

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — See something, say something. While we hear this all the time, it’s not always easy to spot the warning signs for human trafficking. There’s a new push to train people in the hospitality and tourism industry ahead of the super bowl coming to town. Since 2014, the campaign ‘It’s a Penalty’…

NFL Stars Advocate to End Abuse and Human Trafficking With It's a Penalty's Campaign
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NFL Stars Advocate to End Abuse and Human Trafficking With It's a Penalty's Campaign

Today, It’s a Penalty launched its 14th global campaign ahead of Super Bowl LVII focused on harnessing the power of sport to prevent abuse, exploitation and human trafficking. Through partnerships with Hilton Hotels, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Airbnb, Motel 6, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and many others, the 2023 Super Bowl campaign covers travel touchpoints…

Campaign to call attention to human trafficking spotlighted by Super Bowl, NFL players
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Campaign to call attention to human trafficking spotlighted by Super Bowl, NFL players

With eyes on Arizona this week, one organization has launched a campaign — It’s a Penalty — to raise awareness about a crisis: human trafficking. The numbers are staggering. Among the facts and figures from It’s A Penalty, which works collaboratively to end human trafficking, exploitation and abuse using major sports events as vehicles for…