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Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

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The Florida Department of Health is taking a public health approach to combatting human trafficking. Given the diverse populations the Department serves, there is great potential for victims of human trafficking to come into contact with the Department.  The Department is committed to moving from awareness to action in its efforts to eradicate human trafficking in Florida.  The Department is taking steps to ensure all of its employees and licensees are aware of human trafficking and the appropriate steps to be taken if they encounter victims of human trafficking.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining, by any means, a person for labor or services involving forced labor, slavery or servitude in any industry, such as forced or coerced participation in agriculture, prostitution, manufacturing, or other industries or in domestic service or marriage (Freedom Network, based on the federal criminal law definitions of trafficking).

Statistics

Estimates in the U.S. exceed 14,500–17,500 annually, of which 80 percent are women and children. Globally, the numbers range from 600,000 to 4 million people who are trafficked worldwide each year (United Nations).

How to help someone who is a victim of Human Trafficking?

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.