Human Trafficking in Central Florida
Did you know human trafficking is a growing problem in Central Florida?
Because Central Florida is a tourist hub, there is a high amount of sex trafficking in the area. Human trafficking is defined as the “illegal trade of human beings for sexual exploitation or forced labor.”
According to the Florida Statues, human trafficking is committed “when a person knowingly, or in reckless disregard of the facts, engages in or financially benefits from transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, enticing, maintaining, or obtaining another person for the purpose of exploitation of that person for labor, services, or commercial sexual activity.”
Who May Be Victim?
Traffickers prey on the vulnerable including the young, those with a limited language proficiency, people with emotional and intellectual disabilities, those who are addicted to drugs, those who are runaways or have been “thrown away” by their family, and those who have low self-esteem. Traffickers have even targeted children in school by using their own children as bait. One victim, Katarina Rosenblatt, states that she was forced to have sex with men at the age of 14. She says she was going to a sleepover and instead was given alcohol and cocaine and then sold to a brothel. Students in an Orange County high school were also victims of sex trafficking. These girls were coerced and blackmailed into becoming part of the sex trade.
The traffickers use “grooming” in order to build a connection and establish trust with the potential victim.
Signs of “grooming” used by traffickers:
•Being given money, clothes, or electronics by the trafficker
•Your child has new friends especially older and more independent friends
•Lavishes attention on the child
•Uses their position or reputation to influence the child
•Takes the child on trips or outings
Basically, traffickers target a victim, gain trust, fulfill a need in the victim’s life, isolate the victim, and then begin the abuse. The traffickers maintain control through drugs, alcohol, violence, blackmail, and threats.
Pay Attention To The Signals
33rd Street Bail Bonds wants you to be aware of human trafficking. If you suspect human trafficking, Homeland Security advises you to not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. Instead contact your local law enforcement.
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