Florida is one of the leading states in the nation for Human Trafficking activity.
Tampa Bay is a hotbed for Child Sex Trafficking and internet pornography. These are the fastest growing criminal industries in the world today.
The average age of the trafficked child is 12; many will never live past their 19th birthday.
Each day over 100 children in Florida run away or are “thrown away” (between 30,000 and 40,000 per year). If not rescued, 1 of 3 will be coerced and forced to prostitute within 48 hours of being on their own.
The best protection for these children comes from preventing them from running away. The second line of defense is an alert and aware public.
If you suspect you may have encountered human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888. If you are mistaken, no harm done. If you are correct—you may save a life.