It’s scarier than any Halloween movie – Human trafficking. It’s growing in reported cases in Florida – right here in Palm Beach County!
According to the most recent data from 2017, there were 4,460 reported cases of human trafficking. National rankings list Florida near the top of states with documented cases. Only California and Texas ranked higher.
Across the country, women were overwhelmingly the most common victims with sex trafficking being the number one offense; labor trafficking was the next most reported. A startling number of minors were victims of these documented cases.
In a state-by-state detailed report using data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Insider Monkey lists Florida as having 329 reported cases of human trafficking. Of those, 215 cases involved sex trafficking. The report goes on to say that there were 878 calls or tips to law enforcement, out of which 199 were calls from victims and survivors.
Florida Human Trafficking: 120 victims were minors, and 277 victims were female
Insider Monkey, February 7, 2018
Often referred to as modern-day slavery, human trafficking has been increasing steadily. The United Nations developed a protocol that defines human trafficking as a human right violation taking place in three stages: the first stage defines the act, the second stage defines the means to commit it, while the third stage expands upon the purpose of the act.
The US passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), a federal statute. The standards used in this Act are viewed as measurements in the Trafficking in Persons Reports (TPR) which is issued annually by the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Data listed in the 2016 TPR reveal that the Department of Homeland Security reported opening 1,029 investigations involving human trafficking. In this same year, the Department of Justice opened more than 1,800 human trafficking investigations.
While Florida is in the top three states, others are rising even faster. Ohio’s human trafficking rate skyrocketed a whopping 38% in the last reported year alone.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline provides statistical data on human trafficking. Their website shows they reported were 4,460 reported cases of human trafficking in 2017. They received 13,897 calls on their National Hotline.